My husband and I went on an overnight trip to Alabama. I came across an area (rural) where there were burgundy flowered thistles. I've never seen any this color before, the ones that come up here are either real big and the flowers are a blah cream color, or if they're the smaller types, they have pinkish purple flowers, sort of pretty. I'm always amazed that butterflies nectar on them - you'd think they'd be worried about being impaled on one of those thorns, but it never happens, at least I've never found a body.
Has anybody else seen large flowered thistles this color?