Milk thistle grow and care – herbaceous of the genus Silybum also known as Silybum marianum, Milk thistle annual or biennial plant also used as ornamentalmedical plant, can grow in mediterranean, desert, temperate or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 6-11.
Leaves edible in the color green sometimes with white lines in the edge of the leaf there is spines.
Milk thistle flower
Flower head edible and there is spines, the color of the flower purple and rarely white and even pink.
Root edible in the color white with brownish peel,
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How to grow Milk thistle growing and care:
What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
Difficulties or problems when growing:
Spring in cold climate / Autumn in warm climate
Pests and diseases:
How to prune:
Size of the plant?
Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing
Small amount of water / Average amount of water
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Spring in warm climate/ Summer in colder areas
General information about the flower
Purple and rarely white and even pink in the base of the flower there is spines
Pollination is done by:
Bees, butterfly +
Uses of Milk thistle flower:
Leaves harvesting season
Spring / Summer / Autumn to winter in hardiness zone 10-11
How to harvest the leaves?
In the base of the leaf
Information about leaves:
Green leaves sometimes with white lines in the edge of the leaf there is spines.
Uses of Milk thistle leaves:
Information about Milk thistle root:
White root with brownish peel,
When to pull up Milk thistle root:
Uses of Milk thistle root:
Categories of growing
Planting Season: Autumn Planting, Spring Planting
Light exposure requirements: Full sun Plants
Climates that the plant can grow: Desert Climate, Mediterranean Climate, Subtropics Climate, Temperate Climate
Growing speed of the plant: Average growing plants, Fast growing plants
Plant life-form: Annual plant, Biennial plant, Herbaceous
Plant Uses: Colored leaves, Edible plants, Ornamental plants
Requirements for watering the plant: Regularly water, Small amounts of water
Hardiness zones: Hardiness zone 10, Hardiness zone 11, Hardiness zone 6, Hardiness zone 7, Hardiness zone 8, Hardiness zone 9
Ornamental parts: Ornamental flower, Ornamental leaves, Ornamental plant
Leaf color: White leaves
Blooming season: Spring flowers, Summer flowers
Flower colors: Pink flower, Purple flower, White flower
Harvest Season: Autumn Harvest, Spring Harvest, Summer Harvest, Winter harvest
Edible Parts: Edible Bud, Edible leaves, Edible Roots
Culinary uses: Cooked, Salad