How to grow Milk thistle

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:

Nothing special

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:

Planting season:
Spring in cold climate / Autumn in warm climate

Pests and diseases:
Powdery mildew

Pruning season:
All season

How to prune:
No need

Size of the plant?
0.5-1.8 m

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Small amount of water / Average amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun

Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

Blooming information

Bloom season:
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:

Edible leaves

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:
Cooked, salad

Edible roots

Information about Milk thistle root:
White root with brownish peel,

When to pull up Milk thistle root:

Uses of Milk thistle root:

Scientific name:

Silybum marianum

How to grow Milk thistle

Milk thistle grow and care

Milk thistle harvest leaves

Milk thistle purple flower

Milk thistle flower

Harvesting Milk thistle buds

Milk thistle plant care

Harvesting Milk thistle

Milk thistle

Milk thistle care

Growing Milk thistle


Blooming Seasons
  • Spring flowers
  • Summer flowers
Edible Parts
  • Edible Bud
  • Edible leaves
  • Edible Roots
Culinary uses
  • Cooked
  • Salad
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • White flower
  • Desert Climate
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Harvest Season
  • Autumn Harvest
  • Spring Harvest
  • Summer Harvest
  • Winter harvest
Leaf color
  • White leaves
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
  • Fast growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Annual plant
  • Biennial plant
  • Herbaceous
Plant Uses
  • Colored leaves
  • Edible plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Autumn Planting
  • Spring Planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
Watering plants
  • Regularly water
  • Small amounts of water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9

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