As summer pushes forward into full bloom, make sure you’re able to get out and enjoy the beautiful habitats in northwest Michigan. Juneis a great month for blooms, including native plants like the marsh thistle (Cirsium muticum), that you may not think of as wildflowers! Other plants may have very tiny blooms, or flowers that aren’t very showy, but are very interesting to take a close look at, like the naked miterwort (Mitella nuda).
Plants like the marsh thistle may be confused with invasive species like bull, Canada, and European swamp thistles. These invasive thistles not only threaten to displace native plants, but have negative impacts on our habitats and economy as well–read more on our website.
Native marsh thistle blooms are often less armed (fewer prickles) than look-alike invaders.
Photo by Angie Lucas
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