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Cnicus benedictus, St. Benedict's thistle

Botanical names: Cnicus benedictus, Centaurea benedicta, Cnicus benedictus var. kotschyi, Cnicus benedictus var. microcephalus, Carbenia benedicta, Carbenia benedicta, Cnicus bulgaricus, Centaurea benedicta, Cnicus microcephalus, Cnicus pseudo-benedictus, Epitrachys microcephala
Asteraceae
Common names
English: St. Benedict's thistle, , holy thistle, Saint Benedict thistle, spotted thistle, cardin, bitter thistle, blessed cardus, blessed thistle
Spanish: cardo bendito, cardo santo, centaurea bendita
French: chardon béni, cnicaut béni
German: Benediktenkraut, Kardobenedikte, Benediktendistel, Benediktenkarde, Benediktenwurz
Active constituents: sesquiterpene lactone (cnicin), essential oils, flavonoids, triterpenes


Cnicus benedictus, St. Benedict's thistle
Cnicus benedictus, St. Benedict's thistle
illustration from Koehler's medicinal plants
 
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