Thistle Standing Tall
For Cooking, Beauty, and Health
In the language of flowers the Thistle, also known as safflower, has meanings that do not at all reflect the beauty and intrigue of the bud or flower. The meanings of the thistle were featured in the poem above and include: misanthrope, defiance, vengeance, and grief.
I find it somewhat ironic that these words are associated with a flower that is so pretty and is thought to have useful medicinal properties such as: preventing heart disease and stroke, lowering fevers, treating coughs and breathing problems, tumors, pain, and clotting conditions, in addition to other medical uses. The oil from safflower seed is used as a cooking oil. The flower is used to color cosmetics and to dye fabrics. Ref: WebMd
Please note that I am in now way recommending the use of the flower for any of the above referenced purposes. However, I thought it of interest and wanted to provide a background for the poem above.