I was ready to pull it up as a weed several weeks ago when I saw the start of a flower and decided to leave it to see what it would become.
I know I should probably pull these plants before they go to seed and cover the place with stickery plants . . .
I just love the imagery created by these plants. Watch for this in some future art!
PS. I did some online research online and I am quite sure this plant is a teasel. I expect it was mixed in with the wildflower seeds. This is an invasive plant originally from Europe, where the spiny heads were dried and used to comb wool prior to spinning. According to my information - it is only as far west as Michigan. NOT! One seed head makes thousands of seeds. However, it is a favorite food of Goldfinches, thus the dilemma. Should I pull it up before it flowers and goes to seed or let it go (I understand the flowers are purple . . . . so tempting)