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Connecticut Plants
Field Thistle
Cirsium discolor (Muhl. ex Willd.) Spreng.
  • Family: aster (Asteraceae)
  • Habitat: fields, roadsides, open woods
  • Height: 3-7 feet
  • Flower size: flowerheads 2 inches across
  • Flower color: pink to lavender
  • Flowering time: July to October
  • Origin: native
Cirsium discolor (Muhl. ex Willd.) Spreng.
Cirsium discolor (Muhl. ex Willd.) Spreng.

A fritillary on field thistle. Thistles in general are quite popular with butterflies. Photographed in Chester County, Pennsylvania in late August.