(Herbs Wiki) Knapweed

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Knapweed Scientific Names and Common Names,Knapweed Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Knapweed Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.


Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Centaurea Nigra L.CompositaeComposite family

Parts Usually Used

Root, flowers
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Knapweed is a perennial plant; it rises from the root, which is white, hard and woody with fibers annexed to it; the leaves are hairy, dented around the edges. Amid the leaves arises a long round stalk, 4-5 feet tall, divided into many branches, at the tops are great scaly green heads from the middle of which grow a number of dark purplish red threads; after they are withered and past, the black seeds appear. Lying in a great deal of down, something like Thistle seed, only smaller.

Knapweed is unprickly and has narrow, grayish leaves and purple, slightly scented flowers. Blooms in June and July and the seed is ripe shortly after.

The larger knapweed (C. scabiosa) has the same virtues. It is distinguished by its brighter flowers and bigger size.
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Where Found

Found in fields, meadows, borders, hedges, and in waste grounds everywhere.
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Medicinal Properties

Stimulant, styptic
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Legends, Myths and Stories

Young girls once wore knapweed underneath their bodice, believing it would flower should they chance to meet their future spouse.
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Of immense value in the treatment of glandular disorders. For immediate local relief, prepare a hot poultice. Good remedy for bruises, nose bleeds, bleeding gums, wounds, running sores, sore throat, swelling of the uvula and jaws. It also relieves catarrh, especially mixed with speedwell, and revives appetite after long convalescence. Some people eat the fresh flowers.
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, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

, by David Conway, published by Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, London, England. (Out of print)

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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