New this year – Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)

Silybum marianum

A new plant for us in  2012  - Milk Thistle is a tall annual or biennial plant with large spiny leaves mottled with white,   and purple thistle type flowers in summer.

Milk Thistle is a native plant of North America and has been used by centuries by the American Indians for its health benefits.

The name “milk thistle” derives from two features of the leaves; they are mottled with splashes of white and they contain a milky sap.

Leaves stems and roots can all be used for medicinal purposes, however commercial Milk Thistle extract is made from the seeds of the plant.

 

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