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The Vardre Deganwy Conwy_County Wales
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The milk thistle is a thistle of the genus Silybum Adans, a flowering plant of the daisy family (Asteraceae). It is also called holy thistle, Marian thistle, Mary thistle, St. Mary thistle, Our Lady's thistle, wild artichoke. This milk thistle was one of many lining the pathway to the remains of Degannwy Castle on the Vardre in Deganwy, North Wales. The name "milk thistle" derives from two features of the leaves; they are mottled with splashes of white and they contain a milky sap. The seeds of the milk thistle have been used for 2,000 years to treat chronic liver disease and some say it might protect the liver against toxins. Traditional milk thistle extract is made from the seeds, which contain approximately 4-6% silymarin.
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