Thistle Teach You

Some fantastic thistles in bloom this morning while walking the Millard Creek trail in Courtenay, BC. All three are introduced species from Eurasia and grow in disturbed areas like roadside edges, paths and fields. The flowers are quite beautiful in their own right and I’m thinking that planting a “thistle patch” in our flower beds might be a interesting idea!

  • Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
  • Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
  • Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
  • Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)


  1. Thanks Mark – I had a look at your blog as well and added it to my link section. Interesting reading!

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