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Blessed Thistle

Culinary & Medicinal Herb Seeds

We carry a diverse variety of herb seeds, including culinary herbs, medicinals, ethnobotanicals, native plants of the PNW, and nectar and pollen rich flowers attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. All varieties are open pollinated, we do not sell hybrid seeds. Average seed life is 3 years. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.

Blessed Thistle

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Blessed Thistle

3.75

(Cnicus benedictus)
 

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Common Names
Blessed Thistle, St. Benedict's Thistle, Holy Thistle

Botanical Name
Cnicus benedictus

Plant Family
Asteraceae (Daisy Family)

Native Range
Mediterranean, Eastern Europe and Asia.

Life Cycle
Annual

Hardiness Zone
2-11

Habit
To about 1ft tall and 2-3 feet wide. Low branching habit. Interesting downy leaves and flowers.

Sun/Soil
Full sun, any soil.

Germination/Sowing
Seeds can be direct sown in spring, or started in flats indoors and then transplanted out. The seedlings grow fast and should be transplanted before they get too big for their pots to prevent stunting. 

Growing/Care
Non-invasive medicinal thistle, that is easy to grow in the garden.

Harvesting
The seeds are the medicinal part of the plant. The entire plant can be pulled once the seed heads have ripened, usually in late summer, and the foliage surrounding is papery-brown. The individual seeds can be easily loosened from the dried ovules. 

Culinary Uses
None known.

Medicinal Uses
Well known for its use as a galactagogue, to promote lactation. Can also be given to livestock, such as goats or sheep, for this purpose. After only three days of being feed a few tablespoons of the whole seeds my goats milk production increased from 1L to 1.5L per milking! 
 

Historically, the herb was used to alleviate pain from headache and migraine, as well as stimulate appetite and promote digestion. 

Themes
Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Apothecary Garden, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance.