Milk thistle plant... did you know every single part of the plant can be eaten? It has many health benefits, a good source of manganese, iron, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium. It destroys free radicals and is used to fight cancer, helps prevent and heal gallstones, and much else. To eat raw cut off the very edge of the thistle leaf. Boil to soften thorns and eat them like spinach thorns and all. Or whiz in a blender to tear up thorns. Frying the leaves makes the leaves crispy like potato…
GLOBE THISTLE part sun- partial shade. these.are prickly and weed=like often pulled out and confused with an invasive plant. Just get gumtree balls, spray paint blue, glue onto a skewer and call it good.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The silver-blue petals and thistlelike foliage of sea holly (shown here with bright green dill) stand almost hip-high in the flowerbed. This ghostly giant is a biennial, and the plant readily reseeds itself. Grows comfortably in Zones 5-8.
Perennial growing height is important. Taller plants for the back of the border include Lillies, Acanthus, Delphiniums, Lavatera (Tree Mallow), Echinops (Globe Thistle) and Red Hot Pokers. Hollyhocks and Foxgloves give a real cottage garden look to your borders.