Sonchus oleraceus

Common Name:

Common Sow Thistle



Distribution (from Flora of Victoria):

All regions ?except Snowfields (all grids) also naturalised in WA, NT, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas
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Distribution and ecological preference at Wilsons Promontory (if known):

Weed of disturbed areas 1

Flower Description:

Yellow 1


Annual herb 20-140 cm high 1

Distinguishing characteristics (within family/genus):

The leaves of this species are thin and have lobes, with the terminal lobe being much larger than lateral lobes 1


Links to more images:

Atlas of Living Australia MELU

Links to description of this species:

NSW Flora VicFlora

Conservation status:



1 Walsh, N. G. and Entwisle, T. J. “Flora of Victoria”, volumes 2 (1994), 3 (1996) and 4 (1999). Inkata Press, Port Melbourne, Victoria