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barddas 
  Posted: 04-Jun-2004, 01:02 PM
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I know many people over the past couple years have asked about Scottish Thistle, and growing it in their gardens. Do to new regulations it is not allowed to enter the country. I have checked many of the sites that it had been avalible. all of which ship from Scotland, and fall under the new regulations. I have found on site that does care the seeds for it.
Here is a link-Scottish Thistle seeds

It's about half way down the page. The variety is the (Silybum mariana)
St Mary's Milk Thistle
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Don't dismiss this plant as just another thistle - it is a striking and most attractive foliage plant with flat rosettes of large, prickly leaves, most strikingly lined and marbled with broad white veins - indeed variegation probably not surpassed for beauty in any other plant - and bearing large heads of sweet-scented, rose-purple flowers. Not only that, but you can eat it: the roots boiled, the flower-heads like Artichokes, and the leaves in salads - which just leaves the prickles!

This is indeed an impressive plant with its 6 foot flower stalk and white-streaked leaves. The annual or biennial plant is easy to grow and has many uses. Said to have a powerful regenerative effect on the liver.


I hope this helps those of you that would like Thistle in yer gardens.

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Posted: 04-Jun-2004, 08:55 PM
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Any idea why it isn't allowed in the US? Does it spread very quickly or some such? Just wondering...

I don't ususally hang out here much... I have two black thumbs - known affectionatelyas the Thumbs of Death! I was once given a fern that a friend said I couldn't kill. It survived 2 weeks (poor little thing!)


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Whole Foods Market carries an amazing variety of thistle..
each more lovley than the next..
I use it in cut flower arrangments.. then ..
dry it upside down.. and scatter the seeds...
By this time next year , I will have an idea if it works ..
I will let you all know..
The colours are stellar..

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QUOTE (barddas @ 04-Jun-2004, 01:02 PM)
I know many people over the past couple years have asked about Scottish Thistle, and growing it in their gardens. Do to new regulations it is not allowed to enter the country. I have checked many of the sites that it had been avalible. all of which ship from Scotland, and fall under the new regulations. I have found on site that does care the seeds for it.

so they can ship the seeds to the US???
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