|Thistles are members of the sunflower
family. The plant typically grows
elevations between 5000 - 9000 feet in clearings and pine forests.
The Wheeler Thistle grows to about 4 feet in height and has widely spaced leaves which
are dark green on top and lighter colored and woolly underneath. Leaves
grow to 6 inches in length. The Wheeler Thistle blooms between June and
October, producing an oval shaped, lavender flowerhead which occurs and
the the tip of the plant stalk.
Native Americans used thistles