All Prickly: Thistle-like blossoms in the garden

Showy, pretty, generally tough as nails (a characteristic required to live at Ranch du Bois), these snazzy looking centaureas and the cardoon, are welcome in my garden. Not on the guest list: nasty knapweed. They are members of the same fam, so don’t get them confused.

Cultivated thistles
Cultivated thistles

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