Living in-between Interstate 405 & a deserted parking lot are the best wild weeds in all of Portland. They are really living on the edge, where not many walk by & even fewer will notice their innate beauty.
I know their charm may be lost on some, but I just love thistle. I love how hearty they are; this plant may not have seen rain in weeks - sweltering out in the sun, but it blooms & grows all the same. It is strong, beautiful & unique.
I would poach them (because I am so street), but that would be wrong. These beauties belong here in the asphalt jungle - without them the side walk would just be to bleak to bare.