Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) 1
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The bull thistle (also known as spear or common thistle) is another aggressive invasive European species of the aster family that has taken a firm hold across nearly every state and province across North America. As far as invasives go, this one actually seems to have more benefits than other more harmful imports: bees and other nectar-loving wildlife get a lot of nutrients from them (and our native bees can use a lot of help these days), and the seeds are cherished by our native goldfinches. This fully mature thistle was found in full bloom near the shore of Henderson Inlet, part of the Puget Sound system just outside of Olympia, Washington.
- Contained in galleries
- Asteraceae (Thistles, Asters and Daisies), Blue & Purple Wildflowers