Cnicus benedictus (Blessed Thistle or Holy Thistle), the sole species in the genus Cnicus, is a thistle-like plant in the family Asteraceae, native to the Mediterranean region, from Portugal north to southern France and east to Iran. It is also sometimes called Cursed Thistle.
It is an annual plant growing to 60 cm tall, with leathery, hairy leaves up to 30 cm long and 8 cm broad, with small spines on the margins. The flowers are yellow, produced in a dense flowerhead (capitulum) 3-4 cm diameter, surrounded by numerous spiny basal bracts.
The related genus Notobasis is included in Cnicus by some botanists; it differs in slender, much spinier leaves, and purple flowers.
It is a component in Bitters formulas, which are used to treat digestive issues.
Wipo Publishes Patent of Cnicus for "Methods and Systems for Locating a Feeding Tube Inside of a Person" (American Inventor)
May 13, 2013; GENEVA, May 13 -- Publication No. WO/2013/066653 was published on May 10.Title of the invention: "METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR...