Thistle, Milk (Silybum Marianum) - 50 Seeds

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Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum) - 50 Seeds

•American grown seeds
•Bee Friendly
•Butterfly Friendly
•Hummingbird Friendly
•USDA Zones: 3-9

Milk Thistle seeds grow easily and produce a hardy biennial that is native to the Mediterranean area and has naturalized throughout North America. It is very impressive as an ornamental herb plant. It is tall and stately with large, mottled, spiny foliage that contains a milky sap-like substance and large, thistle-like heads of rose-pink flowers. Milk Thistle herb plants do re-seed themselves, so it is recommended to deadhead the flowers before they set seed. Other common names for this herb plant are Mediterranean Milk Thistle, Marian Thistle, St Mary's Thistle and Holy Thistle.

Medicinal Properties:
Known for its excellent liver-protectant properties, milk thistle has proven effective in scientific studies for hepatitis, cirrhosis, and jaundice. This herb is used to protect the liver from toxins and drugs, such as alcohol, aspirin, acetaminophen, and pharmaceutical drugs. It enhances liver regeneration after exposure to heavy metals, radiation, or toxic chemicals. Milk thistle stimulates the growth of new liver cells, builds liver health, and is a strong antioxidant.
The ground seeds can be sprinkled on food; besides the liver-protective compounds (called silymarin), they also contain a substantial quantity of essential fatty acids, starch, and protein. The young greens are among the most tasty of all wild foods, after the spiny leaf margins are removed with scissors.

Planting Instructions:
Grow Milk Thistle seeds directly in the herb garden. Prepare a seedbed and sow the herb seeds in the spring when temperatures have warmed. The Milk Thistle plants prefer full sun, but they are not picky about soils. They are also tolerant of dry and wet soils.

Season: Perennial
Light Required: Yes, prefers full sun to partial shade
Watering: Keep moist
Soil: Evenly moist soil
Seed Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch
Seeds per Plant: 1-2
Plant Spacing: 24-36 inches

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