Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2547

Forb
Biennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont south of VA, rare in SC)

Look for it in pastures, woodlands, thickets, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Disc: Purplish-lavender
Rays: Absent
Bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cirsium discolor   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cirsium discolor   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-25-005:
Carduus discolor   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Field Thistle


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image of Cirsium discolor

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cidi_001_lvd

        

image of Cirsium discolor

JK Marlow    jkm120920_983

September    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Pollinator at work.

image of Cirsium discolor

JK Marlow    jkm120920_984

September    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

image of Cirsium discolor

JK Marlow    jkm120920_986

September    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Uppermost leaves just below the head, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Cirsium discolor

JK Marlow    jkm120920_988

September    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Involucres, from 1-1.5" long, have middle & outer bracts tipped with a spine, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of Thistles

image of Cirsium discolor

JK Marlow    jkm120920_995

September    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

image of Cirsium discolor

JK Marlow    jkm120920_996

September    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Stem leafy, hairy, without wings, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Cirsium discolor

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_cirsium_discolor_6

September        

image of Cirsium discolor

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_cirsium_discolor_8

September        

image of Cirsium discolor

JK Marlow    jkm121006_387

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

image of Cirsium discolor

JK Marlow    jkm121006_392

October    Washington County    VA

Virginia Creeper Trail

Leaves villous to scabrous above, white tomentose beneath, margins revolute, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.