All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Tall Thistle</strong>
<em>Cirsium altissimum</em> /Aster Family<br> 
The leaves of this plant are not as thick, stiff, and wicked as they are on some of the other thistles. This flower (or flowers, since it is a Composite) is "softer" than ma...
Tall Thistle
Cirsium altissimum /Aster Family

The leaves of this plant are not as thick, stiff, and wicked as they are on some of the other thistles. This flower (or flowers, since it is a Composite) is "softer" than many of its' other relatives. I found this one blooming in late August. A close-up follows.
Perennial
Where seen: Oak Ridge Greenways, Jefferson Middle School Cedar Barrens, Great Smoky Mountains NP

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