close-up of the spiny flowers
Spear Thistle in Morwell National Park, Victoria, Australia, where it is a major weed.
Spear Thistle flower head in Suffolk, England, October 1971
Spear Thistle in Morwell National Park, in Victoria, Australia, February 1991
This plant is not only pretty and prickly, it attracts goldfinches and butterflys.
"Every rose has its thorn..."
Painful but oh so beautiful.
Butterflies like it, here western tiger swallowtail
Flower in late July
4ft plant in July, just to the left can be seen the much more common Creeping Thistle
Clumps of Spear thistle in September, the cotton fluff is to disperse seeds by wind. SE England
Roadside clump, Loudoun County, Virginia, 9/15/10
Close-up of flower, 9/20/2010, Loudoun County, Virginia
Spear (Bull) thistle growing wild outside the front door. Only one plant seen in the area.
Spear Thistle in bloom in early February in the Waikino Gorge near Waihi, New Zealand
Mop top view
Spear Thistle in mid November growing wild in rural Waihi, New Zealand
Still a handsome specimen for all of its opposition!
Photo courtesy of Ferd Bergholz. Copyright of Ferd Bergholz of Scotts Valley, California.