Cirsium undulatum - Plumed Thistle

Cirsium undulatum – Plumed Thistle

In addition to the Texas Thistle. Plumed Thistle can also be mistaken at first glance for Centaurea americana American Basket-Flower. The distinguishiing characteristic is the presence of thorns on the thistle and the lack of them on the Basket-Flower.  Here we see the flower of the Plumed Thistle in its more common creamy white coloration. Here we also see the photographer’s dilemma – crop for aesthetics or for plant identification. Alas, it isn’t always an easy choice. So we take multiple pictures in order to capture all the facets of the flowering plant, which, taken as a whole, provide a more comprehensive view.