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Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
May 2, 2017 12:41 PM CST
This plant looks like some kind of thistle on steroids. And, oddly enough it was covered in leaf-footed bugs this morning. What is it please? Thank You!
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 2, 2017 2:20 PM CST
That's a really weird thistle. The bud shape is weird, the color is weird and it appears to have round stems.
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Name: Janine
NE Connecticut (Zone 6a)
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janinilulu
May 2, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Cirsium japonicum, I believe.
Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
May 2, 2017 5:55 PM CST
@Daisyl it does have some unique features and I have been unable to locate it with my searches. I will take better pics tomorrow that I think you will like. Today I notices that the center stalk, which has approx the same circumference as a banana, is covered in white "fur." I can't wait to find out more about it. Thank You!
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Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
May 2, 2017 7:54 PM CST
janinilulu said:Cirsium japonicum, I believe.


Thanks! I looked that up and it has some similarities but it is missing some things that are present on all the ones growing in my wildflower garden. All the stalks are very thick and they each have multiple flower pods. Then the leaves are all laying in a perfect circle around the main stem and look like spokes on a bicycle wheel. I will definitely try to get better, more detailed pictures tomorrow. BTW the flowers are stunning: the large purple poofs have little white projections that look like antennae and the main stalk is very hairy (white) weirdly wonderful!
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
May 3, 2017 8:36 AM CST
cirsium vulgare?
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

The leaf foot bugs like thistles at my house too:

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Name: Terri Osipov
Rome, Georgia (Zone 7b)
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IJsbrandtGA
May 4, 2017 6:22 PM CST
@stone Thank you, Yes! I believe it is Bull Thistle. I have never seen it before but let it grow out of interest. Do you leave the leaf footed bugs alone or do you dispatch them from your thistle? Confused Thank You!
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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wildflowers
May 4, 2017 6:52 PM CST
There's also this thistle Bull Thistle (Cirsium horridulum) It can grow quite tall.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
May 4, 2017 8:28 PM CST
RpR brought Wavy-leaf Thistle (Cirsium undulatum) up in another post. I think his ID is wrong there but I think it may be right here. Its native to the western and central part of the country and Georgia.

It has all the characteristics of your Thistle and gets 80 inches tall. Take a look at it.

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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May 8, 2017 12:04 PM CST
IJsbrandtGA said:Do you leave the leaf footed bugs alone or do you dispatch them from your thistle?

They're kinda difficult to catch when on thistle, so mostly I wait until they're some place easier to catch... like on the poppies.
Leaf foot bugs are on my kill on sight list... and very little makes that list....

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