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New Mexico Thistle

Natural History

New Mexico Thistle is a member of the Sunflower Family. The plant grows to 6 feet in height and has dark green, spiny lobed leaves that grow to 7 inches in length. The plant typically grows in foothills, mesas and plains at elevations between 1000 - 6500 feet.

New Mexico Thistle was used medicinally by Native Americans.

New Mexico Thistle blooms between March - September and produces a pink-purple flowerhead to 2 inches in width, surrounded by spine tipped bracts.

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