Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Milk Thistle ๐ŸŽ• Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge ๐ŸŽ• Northern California Wildflowers

northern california wildflowers identification
There's something about this flower that fascinates the heck out of me! First of all, it's purple which is my signature color. Second of all, look at those thorns! You do not want to mess around with a plant that has razor-sharp spikes. This flower is fierce and beautiful at the same time and I think those are some great qualities to have...

We spotted this Milk Thistle at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge in late April. Silybum marianum has other common names including cardus marianus, blessed milk thistle, Marian thistle, Mary thistle, Saint Mary's thistle, Mediterranean milk thistle, variegated thistle and Scotch thistle.

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