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Thistle, Blessed (Cnicus benedictus), packet of 30 seeds, organic

Syn Centauria benedicata, Carbenia benedicta, Carduus benedictus
(Blessed Thistle, Thistle Blessed, St Benedict's Thistle, Holy Thistle)
Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)
Winter annual, in that in nature it generally germinates in the fall, overwinters as a rosette, and goes to flower the next year.  Can be cultivated as an annual by sowing the seed in the fall or spring.  Hardy to 0 degrees F and native to the Mediterranean basin and Asia minor.  Downy-leaved, low growing, and barely prickly, the plant may be harvested in early flower and dried to make tea or tincture.  This is one of the oldest of all herbal remedies, first mentioned in Turner's herbal of 1568.  Historically, the herb was used to alleviate pain from headache and migraine.  Taken just prior to a meal, Blessed Thistle improves appetite and assists in digestion.  Large amounts, however, will prove emetic, so smaller, teacup-sized dosage is recommended.  Stimulates the liver.  Stimulates sweating in order to banish fever.  A well-respected galactagogue, stimulating milk production.  Prevents disease.  Was used in olden times to prevent and treat the plague.  Shakespeare:  "Get you some of this distilled Carduus Benedictus and lay it to your heart;  it is the only thing for a qualm..."  Plant prefers full sun and regular garden soil.  Direct seed outdoors in fall or early spring, or plant in pots or flats.  Barely cover seed and keep warm and evenly moist until germination, which occurs in 1 to 2 weeks.  Some of the seeds will bring their seed coat and characteristic pappus hair "crown" up with them when they germinate, which helps differentiate them from weeds.  The seeds are large and easy to work with. Space plants about 2 feet apart.  They tend to sprawl, as the weight of their leaves and flowers will weigh them down.  Easy, rewarding, worth having, and decidedly unthistle-like.
30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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Your Price: $2.95 (per Packet)
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