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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Honey Bees in the Garden:  JuneHoney Bees in the Garden: June
By Mindy03 on June 1, 2011

June brings the end of school, Father's Day and summer. Summer brings hot weather and plants may need extra water. Honey bees will also need extra water to keep the hive cool.

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Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD) on Jun 22, 2020 4:27 PM

The genus name Cirsium comes from the Greek word kirsos (which means "a swollen vein"), for which Thistles (kirsion), were a reputed remedy.

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