Red / Cobwebby Thistle

Red, or Cobwebby Thistle (Cirsium occidentale  var. occidentale) is a wild plant that is endemic to California.  I came across this plant while hiking in late May on Albertson Fire Road between the Lang Ranch trail head and China Flat in Cheseboro.

 

A photo of the Cobwebby Thistle plant

By S. Felton

S. Felton is a writer, photographer and amateur naturalist.

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