Perennial Sonchus kirkii was probably the original “puwha (puha)” of the maoris (nowadays Sonchus oleraceus, a very important vegetabe still). Read more about this in the 10+ pages devoted to the Sonchus genus in my book Around the World in 80 plants and also my account of finally growing it in Malvik here: http://www.edimentals.com/blog/?p=13882

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