In this issue:

Field Thistle (Cirsium discolor)

As Minnesota’s most common native thistle, Field Thistle is not invasive or weedy. In fact, it is considered one of the most beneficial plants for bees and butterflies. A hearty plant, it is easy to grow from seed. Field Thistle is easily distinguished from non-native thistles by the white colored undersides of its leaves. Time spent identifying Field Thistle can help protect this ecologically important species.