Wild thistle

Cardo sylvan: generalities

Scientifically known by the Greek term dipsao (= to have thirst). This name is due to the concave shape of the leaves of the plant, which after the rains contain a fair amount of water. The Celtic tradition describes, in fact, elves and gnomes who drink using the leaves of the cardoon thistle as cups. It should also be noted that the use of the thistle in textiles and more precisely the head of the plant for carding woolen fabrics. From the tendency of the Cardo to grow in inaccessible places derives the meaning in the language of flowers: isolation and solitude.