If you’ve ever wandered through a country meadow, you were probably entranced with the stunning display of seasonal wildflowers. Some of these lovely ladies of the field are classified as weeds, but you’d never know by looking. In addition to colorful blossoms, they might also have thorns or sharp leaves, like milk thistle.
What is Milk Thistle?
This iconic plant grows wild throughout Europe and North America and is the national symbol of Scotland. But don’t let its dainty pink puffy blooms fool you. Beneath the puffs are a ring of pointed leaves that are as sharp as needles.
As the purplish-pink puffs die down, they turn into white downy threads like a dandelion. As the wind blows, the gossamer thistledown breaks away from the plant and carries the seeds far and wide to create new plants. Early monastic followers prized this prickly plant for its medicinal properties and claimed…