Anne Elliott

Anne Elliott

Posted on 08/18/2013


Photo taken on July 27, 2013


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Canada
Alberta
NW of Cochrane
NW of Calgary
nature
Perrenoud Wildlife Habitat Area
flowers
flora
native
wildflower
flower
Drummond's Thistle
Thistle
Cirsium drummondii
Short-stemmed Thistle
Asteraceae
macro
spiny
rare
close-up
Dwarf Thistle


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Drummond's Thistle

Drummond's Thistle
These beautiful native Thistles are rare here, so it's always a treat to come across one. Photographed this one at the Perrenoud Wildlife Habitat Area, NW of Calgary, on 27 July 2013. The Drummond's Thistle is a spectacular thistle species, with a low-to-the-ground rosette of leaves and large flowerheads. In Calgary, this species is rare - the only place where these native Thistles have been found is Weaselhead. Often, you find that the plant has a central flower surrounded by several others. The largest flower is always the one in the center of the group, and it has always finished blooming when the surrounding flower heads bloom.

DRUMMOND, THOMAS, naturalist; b. c. 1790 in Perthshire, Scotland; d. 1835, probably in March, in Havana, Cuba. See link below for full biography:

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There are so many varieties of Thistles ... when they flower, most of them are radiantly gorgeous, especially the larger ones ... excellent colours and details on this one ... great lighting and clarity too!!
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