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Who would think the lowly thistle would get bloom of the day?? Nice photo.
Nothing lowly about thistles, they may not be loved but they're one of the most dominant and successful of all plants. Several of the European thistles are classed as noxious weeds in USA, a reflection of their tenacity. Carline thistle is relatively rare, preffering dry alkaline or sandy soils.
Not loved is putting it very mildly for me. I've been waging war with the Canadian thistle for over 30 years.
Some thistles are beautiful I think! And while this is a great shot of this thistle, I must say it is not one of the beautiful ones. LOL I didn't realize they come in straw color, I have only seen the pinks and purples. However, I could see it in a flower arrangement of interesting flowers.
Check out the later flower colours, for some reason this starts as yellow then develops to a dark purple colour.
Or you might like the Knapweed picture I took yesterday