Also called bull thistle, common thistle, Scots thistle, Scottish thistle and Scotch thistle.  It is the national flower of Scotland.

Native to 🇪🇺 Europe, western Asia, and northwestern Africa.  Invasive > learn+quiz Invasive > Global Invasive > in USA+Canada Invasive > report it! Invasive > in USFS Invasive > in Michigan

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

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