Silybum marianum
Our Lady’s Milk Thistle Silybum marianum

This is a volunteer. Normally it would have been killed by frost here in mid february, but this mild winter has the opposite effect. Now it has set a flower bud in the middle of the leat rosette.
The marbled leaves render a wonderfull beauty to Our Lady’s Milk Thistle. Seeds are used in herbal medicine. Leaves can be eaten, as long as one remembers to cut of the thorns. Flowerbuds can be used as small artichokes, again only if one cut off the thorns.

OK, I never tasted it, but honestly I find it a beautifull plant 😉