Plant ID forum: Curious about a thistle, Western Oregon

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schopier
Mar 24, 2017 3:59 PM CST
These 2 photos was taken in the Willamette Valley, Oregon in early March. I assume initially it was just Bull Thistle, but it seemed much "hairier" than any identification pictures I could find. Any thoughts on ID? Does "hairiness" cary greatly between plants? Is there a specific purpose to the "hairiness"?

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plantladylin
Mar 24, 2017 4:08 PM CST
Without bloom photos I'd have no idea which one it might be but there are apparently a few that are problematic in Oregon: http://ir.library.oregonstate....
http://oregonstate.edu/dept/nu...
https://www.oregon.gov/ODA/sha...
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