Here is a close-up:
There is a strange beauty to it, don't you think?
Though, one must be careful to avoid the thorns...
I keep looking for positive attributes even as I spend hours attempting to eradicate it from my future garden area.
This week, I learned from Jen at Cloud Forest Institute that the honey from star thistle pollen is light-colored and quite good. Also, I noticed that the stalk is strong and has an interesting shape.
Perhaps this week, I will attempt to weave it into a basket.