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Purple Thistle Beaver Bend, Oklahoma
Scottish thistle - after the flower is gone - the thorns form
Thistle. It sure is pretty for such a horrible weed.
I think the thistle is a cruel prank by God. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL flower...yet it's completely covered in thorns.
Yellow Star Thistle
✯ Cactus Flower
Thistle, flower of Scotland | M. Braun on flickr