[Thistles: The Genus Cirsium East of the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and Washington]

Elk Thistle, Shasta Valley Thistle

Cirsium scariosum var. robustum

Elk Thistle, Shasta Valley Thistle: Cirsium scariosum var. robustum

What may be Shasta Valley thistle as seen in riparian aspen forest along a western branch of Rock Creek about one mile uphill to the west of Hot Springs Campground, Hart Mt. National Antelope Refuge.........June 9, 2016. Note the erect, branched stem with largely flat-topped inflorescence.

Paul Slichter