An annual species, similar to the Common Sow Thistle. The lower leaves are pointed paddle-shaped, and taper into a narrow stem. The upper leaves are gracefully arched and slightly folded, with irregular wavy margins that are thistle-like and fringed with many rather weak, spine-like points. They clasp the stalk in a pleasing manner with a noticeable pair of rounded, flaring, ear-like lobes, and they are thin, smooth and shining. They were formerly used as a pot herb. The light yellow, Thistle-like flower heads are few or numerous, and are arranged similar to the above species. They are succeeded with a flufty down. The remarkable, highly decorative leafage of this plant really demands a more deserving name than the one now bestowed upon it. The spring Sow Thistle is found from May to November, and is common throughout most of our area in waste places everywhere.