Watercolor and Pastel Artists at CHAW
Ellen Cornett recently sent us a photograph of a six-foot thistle she had seen on her daily walk. Several of us accepted the challenge to render it in art somehow. Here’s Ellen’s photo:
I decided I should identify the thistle species for the blog, little knowing it would be such a challenge. The thistle genus Cirsium alone has dozens—dozens!—of species.
I finally decided the plant in Ellen’s photo was a bull thistle (cirsium vulgare), a widespread biennial thistle originally from Europe and Asia, but now growing throughout North America.
Below are photos of the new thistle cultivar, cirsium artiste.