Calcitrapa.—The Star Thistle has narrow leaves lying in a circular manner on the ground, indented at the edges, soft, or a little woolly, green, from which rise weak stalks parted into many branches, all lying to the ground, a pretty bush, set with divided leaves to the top, where stand small whitish green heads, with sharp white pricks (no part of the plant else being prickly) which are yellowish; out of which rise the flowers, composed of many small reddish purple threads; they resemble the flowers of thistle. The seeds are winged with down. The root is oblong. It grows on heaths, and flowers in July.

The seeds made into powder, and drank in wine, provoke urine, and break the stone. The root in powder, given in wine and drank in the morning fasting, helps to cure a fistula in any part of the body. It opens obstructions, and is good against gravel.

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