Bright pink/purple globular flowers (that remind everyone of Scotland) bloom in August & September, exceptionally spiny deeply cut leaves up to 9” long, forms a large flat rosette of leaves the first year, seeds dispersed on feathery parachutes, butterfly host plant (Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui), attracts butterflies & native bees, birds love the seeds, Goldfinches famously use the seed ‘fluff’ to line their nests, attracts hummingbirds.
Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9a
Other names: Field Thistle
Native Range: s. QC & ON & west to ND, south to the GA mountains and e. TX
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