Milk thistle is the prickly one depicted in the photos above. It may look dangerous but it is not poisonous, and, in fact, has an edible stem.
Regarding this, what is thistle used for?
The German government endorses the use of milk thistle as a supportive treatment for inflammatory liver conditions such as cirrhosis, hepatitis, and fatty infiltration caused by alcohol or other toxins. It also recognizes that silymarin possesses the ability to help prevent liver damage if taken before toxin exposure.
What time of year does thistle bloom?
So, when do thistles begin to bloom, approximately how many seeds do they produce per plant and how long does the seed persist in the soil? Bull - flowers approximately July to September, produces about 250seeds/flower head and the seeds can remain viable in the soil for 10 years.
What does the thistle represent?
Thistle (Onopordum acanthium) is actually part of the sunflower family. It's main claim to fame is being the national symbol for Scotland. Throughout Celtic regions thistle represents bravery, devotion, durability, strength and determination.