Milk Thistle Seed Organic
Our Milk Thistle seed is certified organic. Silybum marianum Open-pollinated. Named for the bold white splashes on its glossy leaves, said to be from Mary’s milk. Fast-growing 3–5' annual with leaves up to 8x24". Native to the Mediterranean. Use young leaves cooked or in spring salads; remove spines first! Flower stalk puts out large purple thistle flowers that were eaten like artichokes. Silymarin, found in the flowers and seeds, has been used to strengthen and regenerate liver tissue. Will self-sow; keep gloves handy to pull unwanted volunteers before they get big and prickly. May present a way to outwit raccoons: plant some around your sweet corn patch and the raccoons will stay away. Likes dry soil, very tolerant of drought. 100 seed per pack.