Seven Seeds Farm
Annual or biennial thistle in the Asteraceae family with globular purple flowers and pale green leaves with white veins. It prefers full sun but tolerates some shade and can grow in poor soil. It is a good wild food source and is used medicinally to treat liver disorders. Silymarin is the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant active constituent. SSF
Caution - plant this herb with thoughtful care as it can become somewhat weedy and is classified as designated weed in the lower 48 but not officially noxious. We just wanted to mention this so that you are aware that it can quite easily naturalize and while it is a useful medicinal plant it is quite spiny.
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