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

<strong>Star Thistle</strong>
<em>Centaurea solstitialis*</em>
Bells Station, CA 9-28-03<br>
This plant has pretty yellow flowers and wicked brown thorns. We had stopped at a pullout on the state highway east of Gilroy to eat breakfast on the road. ...
Star Thistle
Centaurea solstitialis*
Bells Station, CA 9-28-03

This plant has pretty yellow flowers and wicked brown thorns. We had stopped at a pullout on the state highway east of Gilroy to eat breakfast on the road. I was so busy going through my wildflower books that I did not even notice that a CA Highway Patrol officer had stopped to ask my husband if everything was OK! He probably wondered what I was doing squatting along the side of the road with a wildflower book and a journal in my hands! Talk about "tunnel vision!" :) Yellow Star Thistle is toxic to horses and causes nigropallidal encephalomalacia or chewing disease.
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