Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1438

Forb
Winter annual
Has milky sap (latex)

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadsides, in fields, pastures, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013

 

full sun ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Rays: Yellow
Disc: Absent
Ray flowers bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Reddish-brown
Achene

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sonchus asper   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sonchus asper   FAMILY Asteraceae_

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-08-002:
Sonchus asper   FAMILY Asteraceae_

 

COMMON NAME:
Prickly Sow-thistle, Spiny-leaf Sow-thistle


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image of Sonchus asper

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_soas_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_soas_008_lvd

        

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Gill Newberry    gn04_s_asper_inflor

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm120406_578

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm120406_582

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm120406_588

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaf margins sharp-spiny & undulating, lower leaves deeply pinnately lobed, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm120406_590

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Rounded ear-like projections at leaf bases clasping the stem, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm120406_591

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm120406_593b

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Involucres 10-13mm long, 8-14mm broad, bracts lanceolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of DYCs with ray flowers only (no disc)

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm120406_605

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm120406_605b

April    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Rays light yellow, 1.5-2.5cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm140521_099

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm140521_101

May    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm170914_0459

September    Haywood County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm170914_0462

September    Haywood County    NC

image of Sonchus asper

JK Marlow    jkm170914_0465

September    Haywood County    NC