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I agree with JKB. Musk thistle was brought over from Russia as an ornamental plant and now it is a very expensive weed to control. If left to themselves they will crowd all other vegetation out. Canadian thistle is a problem too.
Whenever I see thistles my first thought is, "kill it."
This looks like the big round blue thistle plant that I transplanted one summer from my mother's garden and planted next to our driveway. It's really a pretty plant, and I loved it. I anticipated the giant globe as it matured, and on the day it finally bloomed that first year our boys were out playing basketball on the driveway and of course the ball bounced right over to the plant and landed in the perfect spot to knock the bloom off, and as fate would have it, I was even right there to see it happen.
You already did offend this sensitive reader with your racist re-post on "Collard" greens.
You have offended both coloreds and martians.
Oh dear, I made a bad pun based on color, ie race. Even worse, I called "blacks" "colored". Is "blacks" OK? Or is it "Afro-Americans"? What, what, what buzz word is au courant today amongst our liberal betters?
I'm doomed, send in the lawyers to sue me into dust.