Prickly, But Awesome!

While it doesn’t look like it would be a plant that people would welcome into their gardens, the thistle above is very welcome at Pine Tar Patch.  Butterflies and larger bees love the flowers.  We love to see the seeds floating in the wind later in Spring.  Most of these thistles have unremarkable dull yellow flowers but we get a few each year that bloom in this lovely red/purple color.