St. Mary's Thistle is a spectacular garden plant from the Victorian era.
It's generous green leaves are laced with a white venous pattern that provide a glorious background to the large magenta flowers.
St. Mary's Thistle will grow just about anywhere but the best harvest is to be had from full sun exposure.
The seeds do not often germinate in the colder months but sit and wait for the soil temperature to rise.
We have our best crops of St. Mary's Thistle from late Autumn to Spring.
The flower spikes at around 2 meters tall. Always allow at least 1 metre around them for their spread.
We use St. Mary's Thistle herbally and homeopathically for it's tonic properties, benefiting the heart, liver and kidneys.
Ground up seeds ( a coffee grinder works well) can be sprinkled on morning cereal as an excellent heart tonic.