Photo of a bull thistle flowerhead.

    Bull Thistle

    Cirsium vulgare
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    Edible

    Photo of Canada thistle flowers

    Canada Thistle

    Cirsium arvense
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of a large-flowered gaura inflorescence

    Large-Flowered Gaura

    Oenothera filiformis (formerly Gaura longiflora, G. biennis)
    Photo of whorled milkweed flowers.

    Milkweeds

    Subfamily Asclepiadoideae
    Photo of a musk thistle blooming flower head.

    Musk Thistle (Nodding Thistle)

    Carduus nutans
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    Invasive

    Photo of a Queen Anne's lace flower cluster, seen from the top
    Photo of shooting star flowers

    Shooting Star

    Dodecatheon meadia
    spotted knapweed

    Spotted Knapweed

    Centaurea stoebe
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of tall thistle plants with flowers

    Tall Thistle

    Cirsium altissimum
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    Edible

    Photo of cut-leaved teasel showing flowerhead and joined, cuplike leaves.

    Teasels

    Dipsacus fullonum and D. laciniatus
    invasive icon

    Invasive

    Photo of white heath aster flowers

    White Heath Aster

    Symphyotrichum pilosum (formerly Aster pilosus)