Friday, November 14, 2014

Swamp Thistle

Swamp Thistle
Cirsium muticum
Now here's a thistle everyone can love. It's native, it's found in swamps, it doesn't take over and choke out everything else, it's pretty, it's utilized by all sorts of critters and it's a typical part of a northern Indiana wetland.

It can be distinguished from other thistles by habitat, by it's cobwebby looking flower heads (look close), deeply lobed leaves, and a ribbed stem without prickers.
Look close at the flower head and it has a whitish, cobwebby appearance

Note the ribbed stem

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