Missouri Wildflower Guide

Where the thistle lifts a purple crown
     Six foot out of the turf,
And the harebell shakes on the windy hill—
     O breath of the distant surf!—


From "Daisy" by Francis Thompson







Tall Thistle

Although tall and straggly, with leaf points ending in sharp spines, Tall Thistle produces an attractive tufted lavendar flower. Seeds are carried by the wind on a downy white parachute. The seeds are prized by goldfinches, who also use the fluffy down to line their nests.

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    To 10 feet