TITLE

BLESSED THISTLE

AUTHOR(S)
Foster, Steven; Duke, James A.
PUB. DATE
January 2000
SOURCE
Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal Plants & Herbs of Eastern & Ce;2000, p135
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents information on Blessed Thistle or Cnicus benedictus. The plant is a hairy annual herb which grows from 10 to 30 inches. Both leaves and stems are hairy. Stems are 5-sided. The leaves are broadest at the base and are lacerated and spiny-toothed. The flowers are yellow with a large leafy bract beneath. The plant is found in roadsides and waste places. Weak tea of dried flowering plant is traditionally used in Europe to stimulate sweating, appetite and milk production. It is a diuretic.
ACCESSION #
18058668

 

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