Botanical name: Cnicus benedictus
Synonym: Centaurea benedicta, Cnicus microcephalus, Cnicus pseudo-benedictus, Epitrachys microcephala
Common name: Holy Thistle, Saint Benedict thistle, spotted thistle, cardin, bitter thistle, blessed cardus, blessed thistle
Native to: Mediterranean region
Life cycle: annual
Flower colour: purple
Flower time (Central / West-Europe): June to August
Characteristics and usage: medicinal plant, all plant parts contains cnicin, essential oils, flavonoids and triterpenes.
Weight of 1000 seeds: 30g
Seeds per gram: 40
Cultivation / direction of sowing: sowing seed outdoors, directly into final growing places from March / April, Cnicus benedictus likes a full sunny or half sunny position.