Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Biennial

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

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain) (rare in NC)

Look for it in fields, roadsides, 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
Mid-Atlantic Exotic Pest Plant Council
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station

 

LEAVES:
Simple: Lobed, unlobed and/or dissected
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Spring/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):
Carduus nutans   FAMILY Asteraceae__

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Carduus nutans   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-25-014:
Carduus nutans   FAMILY Asteraceae__

GREATER THAN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Carduus nutans ssp. macrolepis

 

COMMON NAME:
Nodding Thistle, Musk Thistle