Botanical Family Asteraceae
Bloom Time July – September
Dispersal Unit Monad
Aperture Number 3
Aperture Type Compound
Size (um) 46
Pollen Color Tan, Light Green, Green
When plentiful, thistles can yield a summer honey crop which is reported to be white with a mild, delicious flavor.
Sammataro, D. and Harman, A. (2013). “Major Flowers Important to Honey Bees in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States”. AlphaGraphics, Tucson, AZ.