Ne'er range the hill-crest, Battus, all sandal-less and bare: Because the thistle and the thorn lift aye their plumed heads there.
"Theocritus" by Theocritus
Vice is crowned with thorns and plumed with thistles.
"Sages and Heroes of the American Revolution" by L. Carroll Judson
COMMON or PLUMED THISTLE.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
The stem of the Marsh Plume Thistle is stiff and straight, and it has green wings with very sharp prickles up each side.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith