Cirsium arvense – Creeping Thistle

Botanical Family Asteraceae

Bloom Time July – September

Pollen Characteristics

Dispersal Unit Monad

Aperture Number 3

Aperture Type Compound

Ornamentation Echinate

Tectum Eutectate

Size (um) 46

Shape Oval

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.

Resources

Sammataro, D. and Harman, A. (2013). “Major Flowers Important to Honey Bees in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States”. AlphaGraphics, Tucson, AZ.

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