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Spotted this artichoke thistle walking in the Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, CA. The flowers were so large, almost 5 inches high. The purple color was so beautiful. Thistle is one of my favorite flowers.
Point Isabel Regional Shoreline in Richmond, CA
The cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), also called the artichoke thistle, cardone, cardoni, carduni or cardi, is a thistle-like plant which is member of the aster family, Asteraceae; (or archaic: daisy family, Compositae). It is a naturally occurring variant of the same species as the globe artichoke, and has many cultivated varieties. It is native to the Mediterranean, where it was domesticated in ancient times.