A look at the beauty of the Wild Thistles and the harvest background of golds that bring out the bright colors. This picture was taken off the Old River Road near Lancaster, Oregon, USA.
Scientific Name Cirsium vulgare
Family Aster family (Asteraceae, formerly Compositae)
Life Cycle Biennial
Reproduction Method Reproduces by seed
Appearance Bull thistle forms large, coarse plants with spiny leaves, large taproots, and stems that are heavy and branched at top and hairy when mature.
Leaves Deeply lobed, spiny above and below, and pubescent beneath. The leaf base joins stem resulting in winged appearance.
Flowers Inflorescences of bull thistle are reddish-purple, 1-2" in diameter, and borne June through October. There are large spiny bracts that surround the heads.
Occurrence Poor, open turf throughout the growing season and are often more common during cooler seasons
Picture taken by Charles Harkins