Week of August 16, 2016 - Purple & Blue Flowers, Part 2

Monday, August 15, 2016 11:44 AM | Wise Woman (Administrator)

Purple & Blue Flowers, Part 2

Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)

Nor does this photo do justice to the lovely magenta of this knapweed flower. Tolerant of drought and poor, overgrazed soils, knapweed has marched across the high deserts of Montana and other western states with seemingly unstoppable vigor, leaving angry cattle ranchers in its wake. Fortunately, the root and the seeds are good medicine, so let’s harvest a lot and stop it short. Tincture or decoction of knapweed has been used to increase the flow of urine, tonify all tissues, induce sweating to break a fever, and to heal wounds.  The flower petals are fine in salads.

Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

All thistles are edible. All thistles are medicinal. Not just milk thistle seeds, all thistle seeds. All the great things you know about milk thistle are true of all thistles, including the most edible thistle of all: artichoke. Someone just told me a story in which a woman with hepatitis (type unspecified) was cured – it took several months – by a diet consisting of nothing but artichoke hearts.

Teasel (Dipsacus thapsus)

I am going to talk about this very special plant (which is not a thistle, though you may think it looks like one) the next time we are together. To whet your appetite, here is a fun picture of my new goat Sandy-ha and a blooming teasel.

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