This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Among plants remarkable for their ornamental foliage, the Galactites tomentosa deserves honorable mention. It is a Composite, indigenous to the shores of the Mediteranean, growing from two to three feet high, of erect branching habit, with spiny divided foliage, prettily blotched with white, in the manner of Silybum Marianum, nearly smooth above, but very cottony and white on the under surface. The stems and branches are terminated by solitary flower heads of a lilac-purple color. If sown as early as February, the plant blooms the first season, but stronger specimens are obtained by sowing in autumn. It succeeds best in good loamy soil.- Garden.