Musk Thistle

Posted by Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 29 June 2012 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Bracts completely surround and protect the flower of this musk thistle. As the flower blooms, the bracts will invert themselves revealing the flowering bloom within (as will be seen in next Monday's post).

Musk thistle or nodding thistle (Carduus nutans) belongs to the sunflower family (Asteraceae). This species is a biennial generally requiring two years to complete its life cycle. These flowers are native to Europe and Asia, but are now a common agricultural pest throughout the United States and much of southern Canada. Musk thistle was introduced to North America in 1853. Throughout most of its range musk thistle is considered a noxious weed, but is sometimes cultivated in gardens for its showy flowers.

Captured at Illinois Beach State Park on June 9, 2012.

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Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, Canada

I remember these all too well, I always found the flower beautiful but the plant is
about as terrible as it gets !

29 Jun 2012 5:21am

Roman from Roman, Austria

nice flower shot

29 Jun 2012 5:51am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Excellent and impacting image.

29 Jun 2012 6:59am

Othersideblue from Kerman, Iran

You are doing wonder with floral life. Fabulous details here !

29 Jun 2012 7:00am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Lovely frame

29 Jun 2012 7:11am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yes, I've seen a few of these, I cannot imagine why anyone should want them in a garden.

29 Jun 2012 8:07am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb and great ligt !

29 Jun 2012 8:54am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

"noxious weed" . . what a lovely expression - I'd buy it !

29 Jun 2012 10:03am

Laurette from Fourways - Johannesburg, South Africa

An amazing flower with beautiful colours. Beautifully captured and presented.

29 Jun 2012 11:26am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wonderful close-up. There is a unique almost origami-like design to this flower!

29 Jun 2012 11:29am

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

A wonderful flower, but from the comments, I gather not too desirable.

29 Jun 2012 12:12pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Very nicely lit and photographed. Detail deluxe!

29 Jun 2012 2:01pm

Antoine from France

Superb photo and great light. I like it. Have a lovely day Steven. Amicably Antoine.

29 Jun 2012 5:21pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautiful angle capturing the layers and shape. I wondered what these were called. I like to photograph them too.

29 Jun 2012 5:30pm

tataray from france, France

Couleurs superbes sous cette lumière.)).

29 Jun 2012 5:42pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Superb close up! Great shot!

29 Jun 2012 5:44pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Beautiful flower and tiers of bracts; great close-up and interesting information!

29 Jun 2012 6:11pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Stunning light, lovely shot

29 Jun 2012 6:42pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

captivating close up, great details! like it!

29 Jun 2012 7:41pm

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

captivating close up, great details! like it!

29 Jun 2012 7:41pm

Florence from Paris, France

I like the musk scent. A vibrant macro Steven.

29 Jun 2012 8:07pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful image! Nice light and detail. I like all the colors. Interesting information. I am not sure if I have ever seen one before.

29 Jun 2012 9:01pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

What an amazing display, it is stunning.

29 Jun 2012 11:21pm

Sue-Ann from Quebec, Canada

beautiful flower, nice details and colors...stunning

30 Jun 2012 3:59am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a beautiful shot.

30 Jun 2012 5:10am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Beautiful bloom. Too bad its a noxious weed (unless you are Scottish)

30 Jun 2012 1:31pm

fereshteh. from Iran

Great shot.

30 Jun 2012 1:47pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Fabulous close up of this wonderful strange flower. Light and colors are great !!! ...and thanks for the interesting information ...

1 Jul 2012 12:26am

Crash Ryan from Weehawken, NJ & NYC, United States

excellent close up !

1 Jul 2012 10:57pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Simply beautiful!

2 Jul 2012 5:03am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice & so beautiful!

2 Jul 2012 5:59am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I can sure see the sunflower relationship, now . . what wonderful unfolding.

2 Jul 2012 9:09am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

WOW - Beautiful, Steven

3 Jul 2012 2:18pm

This image has been featured in 2 Remix collections.

Beauty of Flowers by Don Levesque

Fabulous Flora by Ruthiebear

Nikon D7000
1/250 second
ISO 140
87 mm (35mm equiv.)


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