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Cirsium vulgare

Common Name(s):
Bull thistle, Common thistle
Category:
Wildflowers
Comment:

Introduced from Europe.

Wildlife Value:  Members of the genus Cirsium support the following specialized beesMelissodes (Heliomelissodes) desponsusOsmia (Helicosmia) chalybea and Osmia (Helicosmia) texana.

Season:
Summer into fall
Height:
3-6 ft.
Foliage:
Spiny, irregular, deep-lobed leaves; pale or woolly underside; have bases that extend as wings along the stem
Flower:
1.5-2 in., purple-pink flower head; resembles a shaving brush; borne solitary or in groups of two or three; stiff, rigid, yellow-tipped spines on the bracts
Site:
Pastures, roadsides, waste places
Life Cycle:
Biennial
Tags:
nectar, pollinator, specialized bees, bees, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2528

Cirsium vulgare Cirsium vulgare
Donald Hobern, CC BY - 2.0
Cirsium vulgare Cirsium vulgare
Suzanne Caldwell, CC BY-NC-2.0
Cirsium vulgare Cirsium vulgare
Elaine with Grey Cats, CC-BY-SA-2.0