Pitcher's thistle
Cirsium pitcheri

Family: Asteraceae - Aster family

Habitat: Great Lakes sand dunes and beaches

Form: Herb

Flower: Delicate white, cream, or pale lavender thistle flower

Foliage: The leaves are pale greenish-gray, with far fewer prickles than most other thistles.

Notes: This threatened plant grows on Great Lakes shorelines. The Pitcher's thistle is listed as Threatened in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, and is on the United States threatened list.

Image is of the plant in winter on Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Pitcher's thistle
Cirsium pitcheri

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