Herbs Milk Thistle Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle

Organic Seed

Product ID: 890

Increasingly popular medicinal herb.

Large plant with shiny, spined leaves mottled with white. Outstanding, solitary, 2" purple flowers. All parts are edible. Medicinal: The active component, silymarin, is found in the seeds and is known for its liver rebuilding properties. NOTE: Cannot ship to WA, OR, or TX. Organically grown. Avg. 1,200 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.

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Packet

$4.35
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1 Ounce

$9.20
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1/4 Pound

$21.20
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Additional Information

  • This product does not ship to the following states: AA, AE, AP, AS, DC, FM, GU, MH, MP, PR, PW, VI.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 7-14 days.

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Sow seeds in early spring or late fall, about 4 seeds per foot. Seed requires light to germinate, so cover very lightly with soil. The final spacing for the plants should be 24-36" in rows 3' apart as they grow quickly to a large size. Milk thistle is prickly, so it is recommended to wear gloves when thinning or hand-weeding.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS:
Milk thistle is very adaptable to growing conditions, provided the soil is well-drained.

PLANT HEIGHT: 40-54".

PLANT SPACING: 24-36".

HARDINESS ZONES: Biennial.

HARVEST: Young plants can be picked for salads or steaming, but the spines need to be removed. The seeds are harvested in the fall from the drying flower heads on the plant.

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Quick Facts

Latin Name
Silybum marianum
Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
100 - 125 Days
Life Cycle
Plants are either Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grows year after year), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Biennial
Hybrid Status
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Open Pollinated
Product Features
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