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Common name

English: Milk thistle, Spotted Thistle

German: Mariendistel

Portuguese: Cardo-de-Santa-Maria


Kingdom: Plantae (2677)

  Phylum: Tracheophyta (2591)

    Class: Magnoliopsida (2184)

      Order: Asterales (225)

        Family: Asteraceae (224)(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

World Flora Online, GBIF or IPNI

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