Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans L.)
also known as: Nodding Thistle or Nodding Plumeless Thistle
Division - Magnoliaphyta
Class - Magnoliopsida
Subclass - Asteridae
Order - Asterales
Family - Asteraceae
Genus - Cardus
This is technically not a true thistle (Cirisium) but a member of the Asteraceae family. The main plant picured here is slightly taller than I am. It is an absolutely beautiful, though quite painful, plant.
Musk thistle seeds can create a beautiful mess.
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