Thistle Plant – (Cirsium horridulum)
The Thistle Plant is an annual herbaceous plant that grows in many types of areas including wetlands, disturbed areas, and roadsides. I saw this one at the Corkscrew Regional Ecosytem Watershed (CREW) on Immokolee Rd. I hadn’t really seen this plant before but have recognized it now more frequently in various areas in Ft. Myers. It grows throughout Florida and the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. It’s nectar is popular with pollinators such as butterflies and bees. It’s sharp and thorny spikes are sharp and painful if you touch it. I saw a large butterfly flying over it just before I photographed this plant.