Common Name: Cotton Thistle
Scientific Name: Onopordum acanthium
Location: Utah Lake Field Station
Onopordum acanthium, or better known by its nickname “cotton thistle” is a plant native to Europe and Asia. Cotton thistle grows abundantly in North America but is not native to the continent. The plant has spikey and rough leaves and grows purple-pink flowers. Cotton thistle blooms during the summer. It requires dry heat to thrive normally.