Wednesday, September 9, 2009
This is musk thistle and it ranks in the top ten of Kentucky's most troublesome weeds. The flower heads sit atop long stalks and bloom June through September. There are other members of the thistle family growing here as well and they all have prickly leaves. The book, Weeds of Kentucky" states,"raw, peeled stems of musk thistle have a taste similar to artichokes and are tender and flavorful when cooked." I have not tried that, yet. Tourist to this area always ask what this beautiful purple flower is. Another view of musk thistle is used as my profile picture. Photos by Shannon Gritton.