Thistle (Cirsium discolor)

These wildflowers are members of the Aster family. They have interesting pink or purple flower heads that are composed of several narrow tube-shaped flowers. They grow upright with only one flower head per stem. They are fairly easy to grow and are great for supporting local wildlife; butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and Goldfinches are just a few that benefit from this wonderful plant. This is the perfect wildflower to include in naturalized areas and prairie gardens.

Attracts: Black SwallowtailChalcedon CheckerspotSachemTwo-tailed SwallowtailMilbert's TortoiseshellTawny-edge Skipper,  and more

Color(s): Pink or Purple

Sun Exposure: Sun

Soil: Fertile, well-drained

Average Height: 3 ft. - 8 ft.

Average Spread: 1 ft.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 2 - 8

Note: Spiny, handle carefully

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