Galactites tomentosa 'Alba'

Galactites tomentosa ‘Alba’

Milk thistle

Plant profile of Galactites tomentosa ‘Alba’

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Galactites tomentosa 'Alba'
  • Common name: Milk thistle
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • Plant Type: Annual
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Silver

Variegation

Purple milk thistle, Galactites tomentosa, is an attractive annual thistle, bearing hairy, silver-green foliage with strong white veining on the leaves, contrasting with purple, thistle-like blooms from late-spring to midsummer.

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Galactites tomentosa ‘Alba’ has variegated leaves, again with strong white veining, from which white flowers with a green eye appear in summer. It self-seeds readily but fertile seeds are uncommon – seeds must be collected and sown to propagate new plants for the following season.

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Grow Galactites tomentosa ‘Alba’ in well-drained soil in full sun.

How to grow Galactites 'Alba'

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Galactites 'Alba' and wildlife

Galactites 'Alba' is known for attracting bees, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Galactites 'Alba' poisonous?

Galactites 'Alba' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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