What plant is that?

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Yellow Thistle
Photo credit: © Francis R. Underwood 2011

This plant is a biennial with spiny leaves and yellow, or sometimes purple flowers. The flowering stem is from three to four feet tall. The flowers are surrounded by very prickly bracts It grows in sandy soil in open areas along the coast from Maine to Texas. It blooms in June and July. It is listed as State Threatened on the RI Rare Plant list.

It’s. . .

Botanical Name:
Cirsium horridulum var. horridulum
Common Name:
  Yellow Thistle
  Asteraceae (Aster Family)
  Sandy or peaty soil
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