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

<strong>Field Thistle</strong>
<em>Cirsium discolor</em> /Aster Family<br> 
This is a common thistle that blooms in the fields along the roadsides. The butterfly is a Red-spotted Purple. Butterflies like the composite flowers, they can get a lot of n...
Field Thistle
Cirsium discolor /Aster Family

This is a common thistle that blooms in the fields along the roadsides. The butterfly is a Red-spotted Purple. Butterflies like the composite flowers, they can get a lot of nectar in a small area!
Biennial
Where seen: Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Warriors' Path SP, widespread

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