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Scleranthus perennis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Core eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Caryophyllaceae
Genus: Scleranthus

Scleranthus, the knawels, are a genus of herbaceous plants in the carnation family.

Scleranthus has been listed as one of the 38 plants used to prepare Bach flower remedies,[1] a kind of alternative medicine promoted for its effect on health. However according to Cancer Research UK, "there is no scientific evidence to prove that flower remedies can control, cure or prevent any type of disease, including cancer".[2]

Selected species[edit]


  1. ^ D. S. Vohra (1 June 2004). Bach Flower Remedies: A Comprehensive Study. B. Jain Publishers. p. 3. ISBN 978-81-7021-271-3. Retrieved 2 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Flower remedies". Cancer Research UK. Retrieved September 2013.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

Further reading[edit]

  • "Scleranthus". PlantNET - New South Wales Flora Online. Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  • "Scleranthus". Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), IBIS database. Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, Australian Government, Canberra. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  • "Genus: Scleranthus L.". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Beltsville Area. Retrieved 2008-02-23.