BOTANICAL NAME: Silybum marianum
DESCRIPTION:Large, glossy, spined plant with intricate white pattern on the leaves. Solitary 2" purple flowers. All parts are edible. Medicinal: detoxifying, anti-depressant, spring tonic, increases mother's milk. Seeds strengthen and detoxify the liver, and even help renew its cells after poisioning. Plant early spring in any sunny soil. Harvest seeds promptly; self sows.
GROW BIOINTENSIVEŽ CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Annual/Height 40-54"/Spacing 24-36"
WHEN TO PLANT: spring
GERMINATION DAYS: variable
PLANTING DEPTH: 1/4"
SEEDS PER PACKET: 50
SEED CODE: O
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GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Start in flats or sow directly into garden. Press sends into soil without covering and keep moist until germination. Drought-resistant once well established. In mild climates, easiest if sown in fall with the rains. Likes a sunny position. Harvest promptly-birds love the seeds and will spread them; they can become invasive. All parts edible-young leaves and flower heads are a tonic food. Seeds medicinal.
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