White Thistle

I haven’t seen a whole lot of white thistles in the places I visited around Hernando County and up in the northern areas, but I have seen them at Honeymoon Island in Dunedin.

White Thistle | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Bristle (White) Thistle | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

Pink/purple bristle thistles are more commonly seen and when they are in bloom, they are frequently visited by butterflies and bees with the occasional Green Lynx spider not far below. The plants are host plants for metalmark and painted lady butterflies

White Thistle | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden
Bristle (White) Thistle | February 28 | Alice Mary Herden

They also are a great photographic subject. Every angle can be an interesting and creative masterpiece.


Links:

https://fnps.org/plants/plant/cirsium-horridulum

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=CIHO2

 

 

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Dotted Horsemint

Dotted Horsemint… what a beautiful and unique flowering plant! I don’t recall ever seeing this at Chassahowitzka WMA.. so this was a true surprise to see this!

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Green Lynx Spider on a Dotted Horsemint | August 21

What is so neat about this plant is its unique flowering system. The stalk can produce multiple flower heads that creates an interesting photographic subject.


Links: ( Spotted Horsemint | Spotted Beebalm | Dotted Horsemint )

http://fnpsblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/dotted-horsemint-appreciation.html


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