Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Regular Milk Thistle Plant

The regular milk thistle (Sonchus oleraceus) is an annual plant, which belongs to the Compositae family (Asteraceae). It is found on farmland and in gardens and roadsides.

It can grow to 1.5 m tall and blooms from July until the first frost.
The plant grows best in moist, very rich soil, but also occurs in the upper part of quay walls.The seedling has spoon-shaped leaves with smooth edges, covered with a powdery, gray haze.

Ordinary milk thistle has soft, dull green leaves with pointed ears stem at the leaf base and forms a taproot. The stem downwards slightly red color. The involucre is bald and has no glandular hairs.

The bloemkorfjes are smaller than those of the dandelion and closed at midday.
The fruits have longitudinal ribs and are also cross-wrinkled.


The young leaves of this plant is edible.


Several leafminers at the regular milk thistle can be found.

Names in other languages

* English name: Common sowthistle, Annual sowthistle
* German name: Kohl-Gänsedistel
* French name: Laiteron Maraîchers; Laiteron annuel; Laiteron lisse; Laiteron des Jardins, Chardon blanc


See Also: idul fitri, hamper hari raya, hari raya hampers

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