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Milk Thistle Seeds Silybum marianum

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Packet $3.95
1 Ounce $11.95
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  • Produces pretty red/purple flowers
  • Prized for medicinal purposes
  • NOTE: Milk Thistle cannot be shipped to Washington State

Product Description

Grow Heirloom Herbs - Plant Milk Thistle Seeds

Familiar to gardeners and laymen across the globe, Milk Thistle was once native to southern Europe, but is now widely distributed around the world. The good news is that it grows anywhere, the bad news is that some consider it nothing more than a weed. Known by many names, including Saint Mary's Thistle and Scotch Thistle, it produces a lovely purple bloom in the spring and summer and is commonly used in teas and medicinal remedies.

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Milk Thistle Seeds
    Botanical Name:Silybum marianum
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Light Requirement:Full Sun, Partial Sun
    Planting Season:Spring
    Plant Type:Could be considered invasive in areas of USA. Check with your local agricultural office
    Features:Medicinal, Culinary, Outdoor
    Plant Spacing:24-36 inches
    Planting Depth:1/4 inch
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow
    Cold Stratification:No
    Ships:Year Round
  • Planting Instructions

    How to Grow Milk Thistle

    When to Plant Milk Thistle Seeds

    Milk Thistle plants are grown as annuals when started early indoors. Seed sown directly outdoors produce biennial plants in most climates, and will flower their second season.

    Where to Plant Milk Thistle Seeds

    Milk Thistle performs best in full sun, with fertile soil and moderate water. Having said that, it can tolerate drought, any soil, and partial shade.

    How to Plant Milk Thistle Seeds

    Direct sow Milk Thistle seeds 1/2" deep into prepared seed beds after all danger of frost. Plant in groups of 3-4 seeds, spaced 30-36" apart. Germination should be seen in 10-20 days. Thin to the strongest plant. Milk Thistle seeds can be started earlier indoors and transplanted.

    How to Harvest Milk Thistle

    When the plants are young, the leaves can be used in salads or other dishes once the spines are removed. Milk Thistle flowers attract bees and butterflies. To limit self-sowing, remove flowers after they bloom.

    Download Printable Planting Guide

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