2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Our Lady's Milk Thistle Overview
Silybum marianum is highly regarded as a medicinal plant, however research shows contradictory results and in many locations it is considered a weed. It's an annual or biennial plant that produces large, showy red-purple thistle-like flowers with spikey modified leaves around them known as bracts. Flowers measure between 4-12cm in diameter and height and appear from summer through to autumn. They develop hollow stems with age, leaves are oval to lance-shaped, with spined edges. The viciously spiky green leaves are heavily marked with white veins, creating an impressive display. Leaves can be picked when young and used in salads raw or cooked like spinach, however the taste is reported to be fairly bitter. The stems and roots are edible too and a tinture is made from the seeds, note it is toxic to animals. Originating from Southern Europe and Asia, this species is now found worldwide.
Common problems with Our Lady's Milk Thistle
Relitive pest free
How to harvest Our Lady's Milk Thistle
Pick as needed
How to propagate Our Lady's Milk Thistle
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Other uses of Our Lady's Milk Thistle
Walls, rock garden and ground cover.
Liver tonic, many medicial uses.