Cirsium neomexicanum, or New Mexico Thistle, can grow up to 4 ft tall and is found on roadsides and in semidesert grassland, desert scrub, and woodland habitats between 1000-6500 ft. This fantastic pollinator generalist plant supports moths, native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds with its light purple flowers that bloom from March-September, but primarily in the spring. This is a biennial, which takes two seasons to produce flowers, but often returns for a few seasons after reseeding readily. This thistle prefers full sun exposure and well-draining, disturbed soils.
New Mexico Thistle Seed, Cirsium neomexicanum