This is an intermediate bearded, so
I am guessing the bud count is good for an intermediate. Anyway,
here's a photo of two stalks the one in front has an extra spur, so
between 4 and 5 buds.
Hope this helps. I don't know what
is genetic on this and what is growing conditions (although as you can
see I can grow great thistles).
SE Manitoba, Canada
Zone 2 -3