Our garden

Name that thistle!

The spiny plant near our front door finally bloomed, revealing for certain that it’s a thistle. What variety of thistle I’m not sure of, though. By my Chesapeake Bay plant guide, I’d identified it as ‘Horrible Thistle’… though by googling a little I’ve determined that our specimen is really just a little bit too tame to be Horrible. Problem is, ID’ing thistle online is strangely difficult. If anyone has a work of help for me here, I’d be grateful!

I’m beginning to fear that it might be Bull Thistle, though, which isn’t native. Hoping I’m incorrect on that. Come on readers, confirm or alleviate my fears!