Today's bloom is Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans)

Bloom of the Day for October 25th, 2011:

Type of plant: Biennials, Perennials

Bloom color: Pink, Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom time of year: Mid Summer, Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid Fall

Sun requirements: Full Sun

Cold hardiness: Zone 3a to Zone 11

Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm), 18-24 in. (45-60 cm), 24-36 in. (60-90 cm), 36-48 in. (90-120 cm), 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m), 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing: 24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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marti001 wrote:
Great picture!! You can even see the little bugs clearly.

DMersh wrote:
Thanks, those little black beetles were on all the thistle flowers around there.

Kell wrote:
From the first moment I saw this photo I was so intrigued. I just loved it so much.

DMersh wrote:
Thanks Kell, its one of the less common thistles round here, I only know of the one location that I've seen it growing at. Its mostly Spear Thistle, Creeping thistle and Welted thistle that are commonly found in the area.

Kell wrote:
I sure love your thistle! LOL.