Thorns and Thistles

"Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field." (Gen.3:18)

Thorns and ThistlesThis was God’s punishment of Adam for eating of the forbidden fruit. Thorns and thistles are mentioned very often in the Bible and there is no sure way of identifying them. Adam’s thorns and thistles may have been the spotted golden thistle Scolymus maculatus, or the star thistle, Centaurea calcitrapa, both frequent weeds in the hot and rocky regions of the Holy Land.

The Flowers and Fruits of the Bible
John Chancellor