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Cirsium pumilum

Common Name(s):
Fragrant thistle, Pasture thistle
Category:
Wildflowers
Comment:

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

Season:
Late spring into summer
Height:
1-3 ft.
Foliage:
Very hairy, non-winged stems; long spines; pinnately cut into shallow, very spiny lobes; green on both sides
Flower:
2-3 in., fragrant, light magenta to white flower head
Site:
Dry soil, pastures
Life Cycle:
Perennial
Tags:
nectar, specialized bees, bees, wildlife

NCCES plant id: 2527

Cirsium pumilum Cirsium pumilum