Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3080

Forb
Biennial

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

Uncommon in Coastal Plain of NC-SC, rare elsewhere

Look for it in moist to fairly dry pine savannas, bogs, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple: Unlobed and/or dissected
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Disc: Purplish
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 virginianum   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cirsium virginianum   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-25-007:
Carduus virginianus   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Thistle


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picture of Carduus virginianus, image of Cirsium virginianum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_civi_001_lvd

        

picture of Carduus virginianus, image of Cirsium virginianum

John B. Nelson    jbn_8011829634_cc94372be9

September    Charleston County    SC

Corollas purple, 21-26 mm, throats noticeably wider than tubes, per Flora of North America.