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Blessed thistle   /blɛst θˈɪsəl/   Listen
Blessed thistle

Tall Old World biennial thistle with large clasping white-blotched leaves and purple flower heads; naturalized in California and South America.  Synonyms: holy thistle, lady's thistle, milk thistle, Our Lady's mild thistle, Silybum marianum.
Annual of Mediterranean to Portugal having hairy stems and minutely spiny-toothed leaves and large heads of yellow flowers.  Synonyms: Cnicus benedictus, sweet sultan.

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"Blessed thistle" Quotes from Famous Books

... benedicta. BLESSED THISTLE. The Leaves. E. D.—The herb should be gathered when in flower, great care taken in drying it, and kept in a very dry airy place, to prevent its rotting or growing mouldy, which it is very apt to do. The leaves have a penetrating bitter taste, ...
— The Botanist's Companion, Vol. II • William Salisbury

Words linked to "Blessed thistle" :   Our Lady's mild thistle, thistle, Silybum, herbaceous plant, lady's thistle, Cnicus, herb, Cnicus benedictus, genus Silybum, genus Cnicus

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