Nutall's Thistle (Cirsium nuttalii)

Also sold as:
Cirsium nuttallii

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 24 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 36 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Pale pink to lavender to purple disk flowers
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Salt tolerant
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 3, 2012 1:55 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant.

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Apr 3, 2014 3:14 PM

Nuttall's Thistle is a native here in Florida and attains heights of 5 feet or more, blooming from April through August. I found this plant growing in my yard and although I detest thorny, spiny, prickly plants, I will leave it alone as the blooms are attractive to bees and butterflies as well as other insects. Cirsium nuttallii is a larval host plant for the Little Metalmark Butterfly as well as the painted lady butterfly.

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