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Cnicus benedictus

Common Name(s): Blessed thistle
Family: Asteraceae
Growth Habit: Annual
Invasiveness: Noxious weed:SC
Growing Days: 70 to 210 (days)
Abs.Max=90° (F)    Opt.Max=79° (F)
Opt.Min=64° (F)    Abs.Min=45° (F)
Precipitation: 24 to 31 (in.)
Winter Minimum:
Soil pH: 6 to 7
Soil Texture/Type: Medium, light
Soil Drainage: Well
Photoperiod Response:
Light Intensity: Very bright
Grows best in central and southern Europe. Cultivated for medicinal properties and is used in tea blends, spicing drinks and liqueurs.
Sclerotinia, Rust
Material - lipids, Medicinal - folklore, Weed - possible seed contam.
Subtropical-dry summe, temperate
Geographical Origin:
Western Asia, Southeastern Europe, Southwestern Europe, Northern Africa, Cultivated

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