Silybum marianum (L.) Gaertn.

Common name

English: Milk thistle, Spotted Thistle

German: Mariendistel

Portuguese: Cardo-de-Santa-Maria


Kingdom: Plantae (2505)

  Phylum: Magnoliophyta (2404)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2036)

      Order: Asterales (210)

        Family: Asteraceae (209) (family description)

          Genus: Silybum (2)

           Epithet: marianum (L.) Gaertn. (1)

marianum => referring to the Virgin Mary, or from Maryland, U.S.A.


Climate: sub-tropical

Habitat: mesophytic

Habit: herb

Flower colour: purple, violet

External links

Check for Silybum marianum at The Plant List, GBIF or IPNI

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