Common Star Thistle (Centaurea calcitrapa)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Common Star Thistle
Centaurea calcitrapa

None known

  • Medicinal Use

    The powdered seeds are drunk as a remedy for stone[4, 240].

    The powdered root is said to be a cure for fistula and gravel[4, 240].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves and young stems – raw or cooked[2, 46, 61, 105, 177].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow April in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have sufficient seed, it can also be sown in situ during August/September.
Succeeds in ordinary garden soil[1, 200]. Prefers a well-drained fertile soil and a sunny position[200]. Tolerates dry, low fertility and alkaline soils[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Europe. Probably introduced in Britain[17].

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