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Different types of Thistle?

 
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Just wondering if I have different varieties of thistle here or what.
I'd like to start using thistle for liver detox and maybe in the future selling it to others. So I should really know my thistles.

One of these is a domesticated variety i planted from seed, the Cardoon.
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My guesses are:
1. Bull Thistle
2. Could be more mature Bull Thistle, photo unclear though
3.Canada Thistle
4. Musk Thistle
 
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mitch brant wrote:My guesses are:
1. Bull Thistle
2. Could be more mature Bull Thistle, photo unclear though
3.Canada Thistle
4. Musk Thistle



Number 2 is the cardoon
 
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Michael Cox wrote:Number 2 is the cardoon



Never seen or heard of that one. Never would have guessed it. Takes someone with familiarity with the subject to make an ID from a blurry photo. Good work.
 
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Much as I'd like to claim credit, the OP said...

William James wrote:
One of these is a domesticated variety i planted from seed, the Cardoon.
William



It looks a lot like my globe artichokes. Big leaves, no actual prickles.
 
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I didn't see that. I was focusing on the photos for details. Even so, many think they have one thing but really have another. In any case, I need to pay better attention. lol
 
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#2 is the Cardoon.
#1 is a bull thistle in my opinion.

#3 is not a young bull thistle. It grows up from a small shoot and gets high, bull thistle stays on the ground until shooting up.
#4 is a purple-ish thistle. very pretty when young, I think it might throw out yellow flowers.

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