Species (Family) : Asteraceae
Synonym(s) : Echinops tauricus Willd. ex Ledeb, Echinops tenuifolius Fisch. ex Schkuhr, Echinops meyeri (DC.) Iljin, syn of subsp. Meyeri, Echinops ruthenicus M.Bieb., syn of subsp. Ruthenicus, Echinops virgatus Lam., syn of subsp. Ruthenicus, Echinops sartorianus Boiss. & Heldr., syn of subsp. Sartorianus, Echinops siculus Strobl, syn of subsp. Siculus, Echinops thracicus Velen., syn of subsp. thracicus
Part(s) Used : Blue or white spherical flower heads
Constituents : Triterpenes, Flavonoids, Coumarin
Food Use : None documented.
Form of product : Dried flowerhead
Herbal Use : In history, the roots of Echinops were used as an anthelmintic agent, meaning it would destroy parasitic worms. It was also said to be a galactagogue, which promotes the secretion of milk in breastfeeding women. It is not conventionally used in medicine today.