Spotted Knapweed in Big Meadow
Photo by George Gray
Spotted Knapweed or Spotted Star Thistle
This little flower is not a Thistle but is in the Sunflower Family (Asteracceae). It is another European immigrant and loves poor soil. Another name is Batchelor Button and it is also related to different blooming plant called Batchelor Button. Confused? I readily confess I am looking up these botanical names and borrowing information from my father’s old botany manuals. I wasn’t being so thorough until I saw that other flower enthusiasts are doing it so I am joining in.