Large, glossy, spined plant with intricate white pattern on the leaves.
Solitary 2" purple flowers.
All parts are edible.
Medicinal: detoxifying, anti-depressant, spring tonic, increases mother's milk.
Seeds strengthen and detoxify the liver, and even help renew its cells after posioning. Plant early spring in any sunny soil. Harvest seeds promptly; self sows.
BOTANICAL NAME: Silybum marianum
Start in flats or sow directly into garden. Press sends into soil without covering and keep moist until germination. Drought-resistant once well established. In mild climates, easiest if sown in fall with the rains. Likes a sunny position. Harvest promptly-birds love the seeds and will spread them; they can become invasive. All parts edible-young leaves and flower heads are a tonic food. Seeds medicinal.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Annual/Height 40-54"/Spacing 24-36"
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