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Milk Thistle

Silybum marianum

Forms a rosette of leaves often 3 feet across. Color is a distinctive dark green variegated with white. The bluish-purple seed head reaches a height of 4 feet. Young leaves can be eaten as greens and the root is similar to salsify. Said to be good for the liver. 50 seeds

Planting

Perennial  , Zone 3-9

Germination: 14-21 days, 

Seed Planting Depth: 1/4"

Starting Indoors/Outdoors:  Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost.  Provide 60-65 degree soil temperatures. Transplant  18-24" apart. Sow outdoors in spring when soil warms. Sow a few seeds every 4-6",  thin to 18-24" apart.

Light  Needs:  Full sun 

Soil Needs:  Average to fertile, well drained to wet

Uses:  Medicinal, culinary, ornamental, attracts bees and beneificals

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