Monday 13 May 2024

Broad-winged Thistle

Broad-winged Thistle (Carduus acanthoides, 节毛飞廉).

In my opinion it is a beautiful tall thistle, not less so on account of it being common throughout the grasslands and roadsides of Asia and Europe. A few plants find their way into edges of the mudflats of the Xiang River every Spring: they rise conspicuously from one to two meters in height, towering over the other weeds and brambles.

Broad-winged Thistle by the Xiang River