was excited to learn more about this flower when I picked it to tell
the story of a praire flower for my
Nature class at UND. I've always loved flowers, but have never
taken the time to educate myself about any of them.
I found it really fascinating to learn some
of the interesting facts about this flower and think that it would be
learn even more about other flowers.
seen thistles out on my grandparent’s old farm land. I always
that they were gorgeous flowers, but I was always leery of them because
leaves look like stickers. I thought that the flower heads were
spiky and would stick to you like a burr. I think that
a bad rap. When I asked my mom, who
works at the public library, to find me some books on flowers that had
information about thistles, she said, “You mean the weed?”
My husband who works in lawn care told me
that they spray the ditches to get rid of the thistles for the city. People seem to consider them as a sign of
untidiness. I learned though my research
that this is true for some invasive species of thistles, but not for
species, like Flodman’s Thistle, that have useful traits.
I think it’s kind of sad when you think about
it, if we just stop and look we could probably see the beauty in a lot
things that we just destroy because someone told to cut it down or
with chemicals to get rid of it.
always loved to see wild flowers growing in the ditches and in fields. I think that there is nothing more stunning
than a patch of land that has been spared of man’s meddling. To me, the most beautiful land is the
Tallgrass Prairie because it is my home!
---Stephanie A. Homstad