Not every homeowner will appreciate the prickly thistle plant, and some will still consider it an unsightly weed. Even so, there are plenty of reasons to let thistle grow wild in your lawn, especially if you are an avid bird watcher.
If you want to attract beautiful goldfinches to your backyard, providing them with a bumper crop of thistle is a great way to start. Birds love to feast on thistle plants, and thistle is home to many other important parts of the food chain as well. If you can’t stomach thistle at the front of the house, go ahead and remove them. Just leave a wild growth of thistle in the backyard, fill up the bird bath and watch the finches dine.