Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Biennial

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

Common

Look for it in meadows, pastures, & disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

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

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
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):
Cirsium vulgare   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cirsium vulgare   FAMILY Asteraceae__

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-25-001:
Carduus lanceolatus   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Bull Thistle


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picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_cila8_001_lvd

        

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Roxanna Martin    rlm4410_076

April    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves elliptic to oblanceolate, hirsute to scabrous above, and dissected, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Roxanna Martin    rlm52110_42

May    Spartanburg County    SC

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Roxanna Martin    rlm52310_92

May    Spartanburg County    SC

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Roxanna Martin    rlm53010_976

May    Spartanburg County    SC

A robust biennial 1-2m tall, leafy to near its summit, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Roxanna Martin    rlm61210_60

June    Spartanburg County    SC

Pappus white, plumose [feathery], 2-3cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Roxanna Martin    rlm61809_146

June    Spartanburg County    SC

Involucral bracts narrowly pointed, rigid, not sticky, per Wildflowers in the Field and Forest.


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

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_cirsium_vulgare

June        

Our only Cirsium with leaf bases that extend down stem forming prickly wings, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Kevin Adams    kcacirsiumvulgare_35

July        NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Involucres 1.0"-1.5" tall, bracts all have distinct yellowish spines, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

JK Marlow    jkm150927_230

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

JK Marlow    jkm150927_233

September    Henderson County    NC

Bearwallow Mountain

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Steve Dewey, Utah State University, Bugwood.org    bug_1459723

Month Unknown        

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Forest and Kim Starr, Starr Environmental, Bugwood.org    bug_5161005

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picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Pedro Tenorio-Lezama, , Bugwood.org    bug_5203095

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picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5436693

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picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5436694

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picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5436705

Month Unknown        

picture of Carduus lanceolatus, image of Cirsium vulgare

Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5436708

Month Unknown