Milk Thistle – Silybum marianum

Milk Thistle - Carduus marianus

Family: Compositeae

Height: 30-50cm

In herbal medicine milk thistle seeds are used but rabbits & cavies can be fed the whole plant. A safe food for rabbits and guinea pigs of all ages but particularly nursing does and sows. Only the leaves and softer, young stems should be fed as animals normally refuse the harder stems

Constituents: Flavones silybin,silydianin andsilychristin; essential oils, bitter principle; mucilage.

Actions: Cholagogue, galactagogue, and demulcent.