Last of the Thistle

A Thistle Flower with Mature Seeds.

A Thistle Flower with Mature Seeds.

By this time of year the flowers in the thistle heads that have been fertilized have each produced a seed. Each seed is equipped with gossamer filaments that catch the slightest breeze and disperse the seed to a new location. Very few of the seeds manage to germinate into a new plant, but there are so many seeds produced that there is a good chance that some seeds will produce new plants.

Most of the younger flowers I have pictured in previous posts on this blog came from a plant that was growing on the roadside near our house. As I noted in an earlier post, that plant was mowed down by the County Highway Department. The photograph below shows a different plant which escaped the mowers by growing in a field a little way from the roadside. All the seed heads have produced seeds and the plant is dying.

A Late-stage Thistle Plant.

A Late-stage Thistle Plant.

Maybe I am too fascinated with thistle plants, and by now I have bored you all to death with photographs of various stages in flower development. I promise this will be the last thistle post for a while. Look for the Devil’s Walking Stick in future posts!


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Last of the Thistle — 2 Comments

  1. Aha! Those are what were in the pool this morning, and I’ve seen no thistle in the bank behind the house where I tossed out the ancient niger seed. No wonder the birds didn’t want it.

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