Musk Thistle - Carduus nutans
Herb: Musk Thistle
Latin name: Carduus nutans
Medicinal use of Musk Thistle:The flowers are febrifuge and are used to purify the blood. The seeds contain a fixed oil that is rich in linoleic acid. This has proved of benefit in the prevention of atherosclerosis.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Pastures, arable fields and waste places on calcareous soils.
Edible parts of Musk Thistle:Pith of stem - boiled. A pleasant taste, it is eaten like asparagus. Said to be delicious. The dried flowers are used as a curdling agent for plant milks etc.
Other uses of the herb:The down of the plant is used to make paper. The seed of all species of thistles yields a good oil by expression. This species contains 41 - 44% oil.
Propagation of Musk Thistle:Seed - sow spring in situ.
Cultivation of the herb:Pastures, arable fields and waste places on calcareous soils.
Known hazards of Carduus nutans:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.