|Arizona Thistle is a member of
the Sunflower Family.
typically may be found growing along roadsides and in clearings in
ponderosa pine forests at elevations between 3000 and 7000 feet. The
thistle grows to 4 feet in height and has green, hairy leaves to two
inches in length with spiny edges and tips.
Native Americans used thistles
The plant can bloom anytime between May and October
and produces a bright red funnel shaped flower to 2" in length.