Hoary Cress 55. Thanks for your comment and for sharing. I love the way you took pictures at different dates so you could show the milk thistle plant in various stages of development. Loved the ladybug pix too. Now, I want to go read about poison hemlock. I"d probably leave them on the part of the property far from my garden area. It's hemlock that can kill you. After you read this, you will be able to recognize both plants. Silymarin is a flavonoid believed to have antioxidant properties.Milk thistle is sold as an oral capsule, tablet, powder and liquid extract. Urmila from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA on May 19, 2012: Great Hub! photos are great too! Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae.Prickles can also occur all over the plant – on the stem and on the flat parts of the leaves. In the process of trying to Id the plants I came across your blog. It actually has medicinal uses. However milk thistles of all kinds are necessary Monarch butterfly food. Toxic Principles: Non-toxic. It is widespread throughout the UK and grows in shallow water in streams, on the banks of rivers, lochs, ponds, canals, marshes, wet woodland and in crevices in waterside masonry. At first, it's hard to tell them from other seedlings, but if they are growing under the dried stalks of last year's plants, you can be pretty sure that those tiny green plants are going to be milk thistles. I enjoyed the photographs a great deal. Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on May 19, 2012: Congratulations on earning Hub of the Day for this comprehensive and well documented article. If you peel it when it is young, it is said to taste like celery. Humans … Have you ever seen it where you live? Stephanie, now that you know what a beautiful plant it is, you should enjoy the supplement more. I can always go down to the river if I lose my personal supply and actually wanted to use it. It is related to the carrot, but you should never eat any part of it. And its leaves are spectacularly poisonous. Barb's hobbies are photography and studying nature. I appreciate the information. I'm also beginning to take an interest in identifying the various trees on my property. Wanting to incorporate these flowers INTO an existing garden diversity of vegetables, fruit trees, herbs, etc., rather than as an isolated "bee crop." This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Water hemlock. Its purple flower is stunning, and it's related to the artichoke. DowntroddenInDC from Houston, TX on May 19, 2012: Beautiful photos! Or said another way, there is no poisonous true thistle, but not all of them are palatable. Once I can identify that, it starts to become pretty amazing how they just stand out when you start looking. You'll Need to Know This First Aid If Your Puppy Eats a Plant. They usually start as rosettes with a central stem in the middle. My husband is also determined to eradicate it from our property, but I don't think he can get it all. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Gypsy. BLM Northwest Regional Noxious Weed Control EIS, Dec 1985. Milk thistle, in combination with other supplements, might improve the symptoms of indigestion. frogyfish from Central United States of America on May 19, 2012: Informative hub. Marlene Bertrand from USA on May 19, 2012: This is amazing. Thank you, pstrauble. It also seems to have blood sugar-lowering, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) Genus: Echinops (EK-in-ops) Species: ruthenicus (ru-THEN-ih-kus) Cultivar: Platinum Blue: Synonym: Echinops ritro subsp. Posted on August 29, 2015 by Venturi. We have some things in common. The leaves are still edible if you strip them of spines as are the bottom of the flower buds, though the bud bottoms aren’t much more than a nibble. Milk Thistle and Milkweed are NOT the same thing. 0 more photos VIEW GALLERY. Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on May 20, 2012: Downtrodden,I wrote that last year, and I'm not sure what camera I was using back then. it looks so beautiful no one would ever dream it is poisonous. I believe the stem will grow taller as the flower matures because when we see the mature plants, the flowers stems have often grown quite high, often be taller than a man. Being aware of what plants are toxic to bees, or would taint the honey of honeybees or make the honey undesirable/toxic to humans. Hemlock and milk thistle grows wild here also and I have taken some pictures. If these are prevalent in your area, consider adding milk thistle … Milk thistle seed might protect liver cells from toxic chemicals and drugs. Several of my friends have joked that one could make create a successful market for an alcoholic product containing milk thistle extract. As you can see in the photos, the plant itself seems to take on different shapes. The key here is moderation. How fascinating! Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on May 19, 2012: Wow Great article. Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on May 03, 2012: blah blah, I'm glad you didn't decide to munch on the poison hemlock or you would not have been able to write your comment. Cirsium vulgare, the spear thistle, bull thistle, or common thistle, is a species of the Asteraceae genus Cirsium, native throughout most of Europe (north to 66°N, locally 68°N), Western Asia (east to the Yenisei Valley), and northwestern Africa (Atlas Mountains). You have captured the entire life-cycle of this plant! I was walking near a river in a nature preserve yesterday and I think I just saw this duo of dangerous friends along the riverbank and nearby field. It's best not to touch it at all, as it contains the poison that Socrates was forced to drink as capital punishment. Family: Asteraceae. I love all the pictures! My weed abatement man told me what it was, since I thought at first it might be Queen Anne's Lace. Hemlock Water Dropwort is poisonous to both humans and animals. congratulations on winning hub of day. I discovered some sorrel growing around some trees, and loved the tart/tangy taste of those. Milkweed species in the genus Asclepias contain cardiac glycosides that are poisonous to humans, but they pose the most danger to grazing animals. Similar to humans, liver is one of the vital organs for animals too. I know Monarchs have to have milkweed to lay their eggs and that their caterpillars eat it. They are also prone to diseases of the liver, due to various reasons. People mainly use the supplement to treat liver conditions. It resembles wild carrot, but your nose will tell you the difference since it does not smell at all like carrot. Jimsonweed or thornapple (Datura spp.) Milk thistle seed might protect liver cells from toxic chemicals and drugs. Poisonous/Cautions. But these plants are very photogenic, LOL. https://www.micromedexsolutions.com. Milk thistle has been shown to protect the liver from toxins in the environment, like those found in poisonous mushrooms. Yellow star thistle (Centaurea solstitialis) are toxic to horses, resulting in a condition called “chewing disease” or nigropallidal encephalomalacia. This content does not have an English version. Mayo Clinic does not endorse companies or products. I will have to see your hemlock hub...I think it grows thickly where I walk by a lake...did not know what it was, just a pretty fern. Rather, it should be a springboard for further research. Milk thistle is an herbal remedy derived from the flowering daisy and has a regenerating effect on the liver. 1096 Milk thistle is believed to have a hepatoprotective effect, meaning simply that it protects the liver from damage. FIRST AID: If pigweed is being rapidly consumed, limit further access and ingestion of the plants. herbaceous plant that is commonly found in pastures and croplands. That's why I like to leave a few around. Edible is another matter of course, since being able to eat something doesn't mean we gain food value from it worthy of the effort. Reproducing by seed and from buds on widely spreading, creamy white, brittle, underground roots. It may look dangerous, but it is not poisonous. Do not try to pick these white flowers. This list of plants poisonous to dogs has been organized according to plant type and potential for toxicity. 5 members have or want this plant for trade. Milk thistle. They’re just darn beautiful especially the milk thistle. Get to know some of the most infamous plants and their poisons with this macabre list. Interactions. One of the active ingredients in milk thistle called silymarin is extracted from the plant's seeds. Notice how the leaves right under the flower have been modified into spiny thorns. On both the bud and the flower, what appear to be the thorns under it are really modified leaves. What an enjoyable read! National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Stay Up to Date. Facts & Comparisons eAnswers. top Contact or ingestion of some species can lead to serious health problems or death. prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 20, 2012: I had never heard about this plant before. Thanks for the additional information! I think I'm turning into an amateur naturalist. Since they never clean them up, we have many generations of spent thistles still there. To remember which is which, Queen Anne has hairy legs. Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on November 17, 2011: I just scratch the surface on the hemlock in this hub. Milk thistle in a patch of poison hemlock. I know of know relationship between these two plants. Was going to explore milk thistle some, and knew it was a useful herbal for liver. Thanks for sharing! carrie, the thistle isn't poisonous, but the hemlock is deadly. I learned a lot here. Thanks, DzyMsLizzy. Milk thistle isn't poisonous. Congratulations on Hub of the day award! But, leaves or not, they are very, very sharp, and you don't want to tangle with them. Milk thistle is sold as an oral capsule, tablet and liquid extract. © 1998-2020 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). What a well-done and superbly informative article with beautiful photos. Thanks for commenting. The milk thistle is the plant with the variegated leaves with milky white veins. Great hub! It is typically used to treat liver cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis (liver inflammation), and gallbladder disorders." While, in many cases, toxic berries, leaves, etc. Glycosides. There are toxins in the foods we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.. We can’t escape them. Research on the effects of milk thistle on liver disease, such as cirrhosis and hepatitis C, has shown mixed results. It is not known to be toxic. It also seems to have blood sugar-lowering, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory effects. Elsevier; 2021. https://www.clinicalkey.com. It helps cure liver diseases and fight the toxic effects of different drugs. In fact, it has an edible stem. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.Great pictures. Pigweed, jimsonweed, yellow star thistle, tansy mustard, death camus, buckeye (horsechestnut), greasewood, prince’s plume, are some of the many plants that can cause problems. Congrats on HOTD! They can be subdivided into three main groups. Barbara Radisavljevic (author) from Templeton, CA on December 18, 2011: Thanks for stopping by to comment. Blessed milk thistle (Silybum marianum) Blessed milk thistle is not a true thistle (if you consider thistles to be only those plants in the genus Cirsium). But thanks for writing and share with us. Hemlock Water Dropwort is poisonous to both humans and animals. All thistles belong to the same family as sunflowers, which has no poisonous plants. Science on milk thistle Studies with humans. It can easily kill you, too, if ingested. I never can remember, but I know it's some condition I have. Poisonings occur at ingestions of 50%- 200% of the animal's body weight over a 60 to 90 day period of grazing. It is also known as tumbleweed or windwitch. Special Notes Malta thistle (Centaurea melitensis) is a similar noxious weed of the South western States but with shorter spines on the bracts. Taken in appropriate doses, oral use of milk thistle appears to be safe. is a large annual herb with worldwide distribution. I think it is a beautiful plant and regret that it seems to have been considered a pest. Milk thistle is often sold as an herbal supplement. However, these plant species are increasingly prevalent in Ontario. Spotted Knapweed 80. I can see why it grew thorns! Milk Thistle Protects Your Liver. Becky, LOL. The substance is called silibinin, and is derived from the milk thistle plant. If the dose is given within the first 24 hours, then it becomes possible to keep hepatic damage and death at bay. Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) can look a lot like Italian thistle, especially as a seedling. Because milky thistle and poison hemlock occur together in nature so frequently (see the many photos here, both as seedlings and mature plants growing together), I discuss them together in this article. The edible partner in this pair is the one you probably would never pick, but the poisonous one is so lovely you might be tempted to cut some to put in a vase at home, perhaps mixed with other flowers. Russian thistle is a large and bushy annual broadleaf plant that is common in the Mojave Desert. Seeds, Wind blown, Roots/rhizome; Control. Since the leaves appear first, we'll discuss them first. It is toxic to all classes of livestock. Dalmatian Toadflax 46. It may look dangerous, but it is not poisonous. It is said to taste somewhat like parsnip and its smell is described as "mouse-like." (In the picture, you will see a single flower bud.) Though often grown as a houseplant, umbrella tree (Schefflera actinophylla, also called Brassaia arboricola) contains toxins potentially harmful to people and animals.Reactions to the poison are not usually severe, but you should contact a poison control for help if someone eats part of the plant. I did a separate hub on milkweed. They look beautiful. You really know your plants. Milk thistle. Perennial sow-thistle is not know to be toxic. Silymarin is … Very well detailed and full of useful points. Your video showed the 'forest of thistles' and that is amazing...hope you keep them going well...they have been outlawed in Oklahoma because they restrict pastures for cows. Lots of beautiful pictures and detailed information. It looks like and is in the same plant family as the thorny artichoke, but the artichoke's thorns are not as sharp and cannot do as much damage as those that protect the flower of the milk thistle. If the dose is given within the first 24 hours, then it becomes possible to keep hepatic damage and death at bay. I'd not heard that Monarchs are attracted to milk thistles, but maybe there's something I don't know about that. Echinops, Globe Thistle 'Platinum Blue' Echinops ruthenicus. Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on May 19, 2012: A friend of mine takes milk thistle capsules for her liver, but I'd never thought of finding it in nature. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Rhubarb leaves are very high in oxalic acid, which quickly causes kidney failure in humans. Scientific Family. Congrats on getting Hub of the Day! Milk thistle has been shown to protect the liver from toxins in the environment, like those found in poisonous mushrooms. Yellow Starthistle 65. Milk thistle, a herb that has long been used for treating liver diseases in humans, is also found to be useful for animals. And just in case you are unsuccessful in doing so and your kids ingest something that they should not, be prepared to call Poison Control. Especially when it comes to trees, I need a close-up of the leaves, the blossoms, and the fruits, as well as the shape of the tree as a whole. Our general interest e-newsletter keeps you up to date on a wide variety of health topics. Elissa Joyce from US on November 14, 2011. Click to see full answer Correspondingly, is schefflera poisonous to humans? So make it a practice to learn how to identify poisonous plants and remove them from your yard. Dalmatian Toadflax 46. Below her flower seeds are preparing to disperse and start new plants. 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