Herb: Maltese Star Thistle

Latin name: Centaurea melitensis

Family: Compositae

Medicinal use of Maltese Star Thistle:

The plant is used in the treatment of the kidneys.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

July to

Habitat of the herb:

Wasteplaces and roadsides.

Propagation of Maltese Star Thistle:

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 into their permanent positions in the summer. If you have sufficient seed it can be sown in situ in the spring, and an autumn swing in situ might also be worth trying.

Cultivation of the herb:

Wasteplaces and roadsides.

Known hazards of Centaurea melitensis:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.