County bristles at Scotch thistle

Scotch thistle, a widespread noxious weed, is just about ready to bloom in Umatilla County.

George Newman has been fighting Scotch thistle ever since he was a child.

The noxious weed, native to Europe and Asia, is widespread across Umatilla County and nearly all of Eastern Oregon. It is instantly recognizable for its height, growing 6-8 feet tall, its spiny leaves and bright lavender flowers.

Source: County bristles at Scotch thistle – Local News – East Oregonian