Kinnickinnic River Public Fishing Land, NE of River Falls, WI
Muir Park State Natural Area, Marquette Co., WI
Thistle sprouts like these have been popping up everywhere lately.
Cirsium is a genus of perennial and biennial flowering plants in the Asteraceae, one of several genera known commonly as thistles. They are more accurately known as Plume thistles. These differ from other thistle genera (Carduus, Silybum and Onopordum) in having feathered hairs to their achenes. The other genera have a pappus of simple unbranched hair.