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Ex Dioscorides: Root used for ruptures, convulsions and as a diuretic.
Ober, R. (ed.) (1996) The National Herb Garden Guide Book. The Herb Society of America
Named for spiny leaves. Dioscorides recommended the roots applied for inflammation and spasms, and -when drunk- to promote urine, check diarrhoea, and for phthysis, ruptures and convulsions.
The leaves are the model for those at the top of Corinthian columns. Tetraglycosides isolated from the plant show cytotoxicity in sea urchin eggs and crown gall tumour on potato disks.
- Africa, Northern Africa, Algeria
- Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Turkey
- Europe, Southeastern Europe, Albania
- Europe, Southeastern Europe, Bulgaria
- Europe, Southeastern Europe, Greece
- Europe, Southeastern Europe, Italy
Acanthus spinosus L.Family: ACANTHACEAE
Species: spinosus L.
Common names: Spiny Bear's Breech
Distribution summary: Mediterranean
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Europe & Middle East (J)
Flowering months: June, July
Reason for growing: Medicinal