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       Oklahoma Wildflowers serves as an introduction to The Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers with a linked list to the site which which has general plant information and images useful for identification and educational purposes.
        Since space is limited here I will add photos and information about plants blooming during the current month. For more detailed information and images go to the linked address. Unless noted, all photos were taken in Oklahoma
        For detailed information on using the Wonderful World of Oklahoma Wildflowers scroll to the end of this page or click on a flower common name on the list.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Tall Thistle with Clearwing Hummingbird Moth

Tall Thistle (Cirsium altissimo)

       Blooming from late summer into fall, in the central and eastern United States, the Tall Thistle can reach heights of eight feet, and is found on uncut roadsides, fields and pastures and the margins of wooded areas.
       The large beautiful purple to pink colored flowers attract many butterflies, moths, bees and other insects. The seeds, also sold as wild bird food, are also a source of food for various species of songbirds        Some species of thistles, such as the Wavy-Leaved Thistle, Cirsium undulatum, have roots which have food and medicinal value.
       The Tall Thistle, the national flower of Scotland,is an important Scottish emblem.
       Some donkey, living in the Hundred Acre Woods, could not live without thistles.

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