Captured in Herman Baker Park, Sherman, Texas, USA
Cirsium texanum Buckl.
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
Synonyms: Carduus austrinus, Cirsium texanum var. stenolepis
Native to U.S.
The Texas thistle grows 2-5 feet tall, without branches, or sparingly branched near the top. The numerous leaves are alternate, 4-9 inches long, smaller on the upper third of the stem. Leaves are green above and white below, with a woolly texture on the underside. The irregular lobes have spines at the tip but few elsewhere on the leaf. There is 1 flower head to a stem, with no ray flowers but numerous disk flowers, which are deep rose-lavender.
Bumblebees work the flowers when they mature.
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