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Canada Thistle

Cirsium arvense
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Habitat: Cultivated fields, roadsides, and disturbed areas all across Canada.

Description: Alternate, oblong leaves that have spiny lobes (prickles) all along the outside.  Purple or pink flowers that may be spiny at the top.  Look like pink furry balls on the top of the plant.

Size: Up to 1.2 m tall.

Fun Facts: The scientific name arvense means "of cultivated field" which describes exactly where it grows best.

Source: Wilkinson, K. Wildflowers of Alberta: A Guide to Common Wildflowers and Other Herbaceous Plants.  1999.  University of Alberta Press and Lone Pine Publishing

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Dreamy Dusky Wing
Erynnis icelus

Habitat: The Dreamy Dusky Wing can be seen mid-May to early July throughout Alberta.  It is primarily a prairie species that can be found where the forest and grasslands meet and around shrubby areas. 

Description: A small, dull coloured butterfly, it is the most moth-like of Alberta butterflies.  It is usually hard to distinguish between other Dusky Wings however the Dreamy...

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