Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle
Milk Thistle
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Milk Thistle

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Milk Thistle, (Silybum marianum)

Direct seed outdoors after last frost in spring or start transplants indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost. Cover seed with .5 cm of soil and keep lightly moist. 
Germination is 7-14 days.

Space plants 1 metre apart in their final location and watch them grow.

Allow flower heads to go to seed and collect the seeds for their medicinal value as a liver tonic. Large, showy plants reach 1 metre or more in height and produce beautiful spiny, purple flowers in late summer.

Glossy leaves have white veining making them a real standout in the herb or perennial garden. The seeds are traditionally used as a liver tonic.

Plants can be annual or biennial and prefer full sun. Start indoors or direct seed.