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


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_canu4_001_lvd

        

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John B. Nelson    jbn_3551391202_2cf2fa231c

May        SC

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JK Marlow    jkm140603_386

June    Pickens County    SC

SC Botanical Garden

Heads ~ 2" wide, usually nodding, solitary at the ends of very long stalks, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_0343

June    Hart County    GA

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_177

June    Anderson County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_180

June    Anderson County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_181

June    Anderson County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_215

June    Hart County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_221

June    Hart County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_222

June    Hart County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_223

June    Hart County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_229

June    Hart County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_230

June    Hart County    GA

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_233

June    Hart County    GA

The pappus bristles of Carduus are simple (vs. feathery in Cirsium), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm170603_235

June    Hart County    GA

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Ron Lance    rwl_carduus_nutans

June    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0507h_22

July    Pocahontas County    WV

Roadside

The heads are not always nodding!

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JK Marlow    jkm060710_013

July    Tucker County    WV

Monongahela National Forest

A nodding head with broad, purplish reflexed involucral bracts, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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

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JK Marlow    jkm060710_019

July    Tucker County    WV

Monongahela National Forest

Phyllaries 2-8mm wide, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm060710_025

July    Tucker County    WV

Monongahela National Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm060710_029

July    Tucker County    WV

Monongahela National Forest

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JK Marlow    s060710_b

July    Tucker County    WV

Monongahela National Forest

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Mary Ellen (Mel) Harte, Bugwood.org    bug_1358309

Month Unknown        

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Ken Chamberlain, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_1560074

Month Unknown        

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Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5437937

Month Unknown        

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Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5437938

Month Unknown        

Leaves very spiny, pinnately lobed, to 10" long and 4" wide", per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_5437956

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org    bug_5452032

Month Unknown        

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Leslie J. Mehrhoff, University of Connecticut, Bugwood.org    bug_5452046

Month Unknown