Cirsium neomexicanum New Mexico Thistle
PERENNIAL HERB. Tall grayish-green plants with extremely spiny
leaves and flowerheads. Resembles many other thistles but can be
identified by the downcurved lower rows of bracts on the flowerheads.
Flowerheads spherical to slightly flattened. Pink flowers bloom in
April-May. In the Empires, occasional in sandy, sunny grassland washes.
FAMILY: Asteraceae (Composite or Daisy Family)