Woolly distaff thistle

Carthamus lanatus)

 

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© Joseph DiTomaso
© Joseph DiTomaso
© Joseph DiTomaso
© Joseph DiTomaso
  • 3 1/2' tall.
  • Blooms July to August.
  • Flowers 1 - 2" wide with spiny bracts.
  • Pale green stems hairy, rigid, upper portion branched; plants persist after they have died.
  • Flowers similar to yellow starthistle.