Cirsium horridulum Michx. var. horridulum - Yellow Thistle
Family - Asteraceae
Flowering - March - June.
Habitat - Waste places, roadsides, savannahs, fields, meadows, pastures.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This spiny species can be found throughout much of Alabama but is apparently absent from the northwest section of the state. The plant is easily identified in the field by its densely hairy stems, incredibly spiny leaves, and the dense, spiny bracts that subtend each large flowerhead. Typical plants have reddish flowers. Variety horridulum has the yellow flowers shown above.
Photographs taken in eastern North Carolina, 4-26-03.