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Wheeler Thistle

Natural History

Thistles are members of the sunflower family. The plant typically grows at elevations between 5000 - 9000 feet in clearings and pine forests.  The Wheeler Thistle grows to about 4 feet in height and has widely spaced leaves which are dark green on top and lighter colored and woolly underneath. Leaves grow to 6 inches in length. The Wheeler Thistle blooms between June and October, producing an oval shaped, lavender flowerhead which occurs and the the tip of the plant stalk.

Native Americans used thistles medicinally.


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