Thistle (Cirsium)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Plant Height: 12 inches to 24 inches
Plant Spread: 12 inches to 24 inches
Leaves: Deciduous
Other: Prickly
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Seeds attractive to small finches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
White
Yellow
Other: Rose
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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A kind of thistle? by Pgoudaman Apr 13, 2019 8:55 PM 1
Trying to identify a flower by Blhhawk Jul 16, 2018 5:25 PM 2
Thistle ID by carlysuko Jul 14, 2018 8:50 AM 1
What species is this? 24 (Binomial name please) by NightCrow Jun 12, 2018 6:30 AM 1
Before and after. Bye bye thistles!! by MindiHammerstone Apr 28, 2018 11:12 AM 67
Volunteer plant needs ID by IJsbrandtGA Aug 14, 2017 6:32 AM 16
What type of thistle is this? by MilkWeedMan Jul 4, 2017 12:57 PM 9
What is this weedy wildflower, small purple flowers that turn to fluff by cwhitt Jun 27, 2017 6:17 PM 3
What am i? by IJsbrandtGA May 8, 2017 12:04 PM 9
Thistle by Steve812 May 5, 2017 5:48 AM 24

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