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Musk Thistle & Honey Bee

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“The Musk thistle or Nodding thistle (Carduus nutans) is a member of the sunflower family Asteraceae. It is a biennial herb with showy red-purple flowers and sharply spiny stems and leaves.
Musk thistle grows from sea level to an elevation of about 2,500 m in neutral to acidic soils. It typically grows on open disturbed soil or heavily grazed land in areas such as meadows, arable land, roadsides, building sites and similar. It spreads rapidly in areas subjected to frequent natural disturbance events such as landslides and flooding, but does not grow well in excessively wet, dry or shady conditions.
Musk thistle was introduced into eastern North America in the early 1800s and has a long history there as an invasive species. It has been declared a noxious weed in many U.S. states and Canadian provinces.” Source: “Musk Thistle” Wikipedia.com. See also USDA Musk Thistle. Photo Taken July 2009 Weston Idaho by David Densley.

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  1. Carla Jean
    July 30th, 2009 at 11:04 | #1

    Awesome!!

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