Gardening

What are the care of Galactites tomentosa or White thistle

Galactites tomentosa also known as Galactites , White thistle, Cirsium strictumo, Cacilda blanca. It belongs to the Asteraceae family and is native to Europe

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Characteristics of the Galactites tomentosa

Annual herbaceous plant that can reach 55 cm in height. The stem is erect and branched. The leaves are lobed, spiny, alternate with white or variegated veins on the upper side. The basal ones are serrated, petiolate and oblalanceolate, while the caulinar ones are pinnitic, sessile and slightly recurrent with spines. The fruit is achene, yellowish, glabrous, striated and with a feathery vilano. The flowers are purplish pink or whitish that gather in solitary pedunculated capitula or corymbose cymes.

Galactites tomentosa care

It is an ideal plant for roadsides, road slopes, terraces, fields and dumps.

For its development, it requires sun or semi-shade, but it does not tolerate frost and prefers a temperate climate. Although if the heat is excessive, it can add a bitter taste to the plant.

As for soils, these should be deep, loose and well drained. The soil will have to be kept moist during the planting phase, so it must be watered regularly.

For harvesting, the leaf stems must be blanched 20 days before harvesting. Harvesting is usually from 4 months, at the end of summer or throughout autumn/ winter (depending on the variety).

Now that if you want to take advantage of the benefits, you can get to sow with beans, since these vegetables nitrogenous the soil and help the development of thistles.

Regarding pests and diseases, aphids could attack (it would be necessary to resort to potassium soap or garlic-based repellants), Donuts (it could be fought with an insecticide ) and Mildu (eliminate the affected parts and place ecological remedies).

Applications

It is considered a plant of great medicinal value. The part that is used is the leaf and the flower. If ingested, it is indicated for cases of amenorrhea, hypertension, gastrointestinal spasms and hepatobiliary disorders. While topically it is used for wounds, eczema, dermatitis, dermal ulcers, insect bites, gingivitis and conjunctivitis.

To be ingested, an infusion can be made, which is a tablespoon of the plant for 3 cups of water. Now that if you want to eat boiled, you should remove the bitter taste, removing the hardest parts of the stem.

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