A dangerous thistle

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SHERMAN -- While heavy rains have helped wildflowers bloom all over the area biologists are warning against a type of thistle that could be harmful to livestock.

The plant is believed to have come from Europe and Asia probably brought to the US through non-native hay.

"If you have quite a few that might be labor intensive so you might want to consider a broad-leaf herbicide, make sure you read the label if you're going to do something like that or mowing repeatedly," said Dan Dinkler, an invasive plant specialist.

The bloom size is bigger than a native thistle and has small brackets underneath the bloom.

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