What is a Pitcher's Thistle? Cirsium pitcheri, to be precise. This wildflower can be found in many parts of the United States – typically in meadows, prairies, and open woodlands.
Pitcher's Thistle is an impressive plant, growing up to six feet tall with a large, purple flower head. The plant gets its name from the pitcher-like shape of its leaves, which are coated in spiny bristles that deter predators.
The best time to see Pitcher's Thistle in bloom is late summer or early fall. If you're lucky enough to spot one in the wild, take a moment to appreciate this beautiful specimen!