PlantsCirsium→Texas Thistle (Cirsium texanum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 6a -23.3 °C (-10 °F) to -20.6 °C (-5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 3 to 6 feet
Leaves: Semi-evergreen
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Lavender
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: This plant self seeds.
Propagation: Other methods: Offsets
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth


Photo gallery:
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.Date: Summer 2010Butterflies love to nectar on this flower.
By frostweed
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Location: OSGray Natural Area.Date: Summer 2011The partially open flower is very interesting.
By frostweed
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Location: Jacksonville, TXDate: Feb 18, 2008 4:20 PMNot yet bolting
By dave
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Amazing photo! by csandt Apr 18, 2017 7:58 PM 1
Texas Wildflowers by jmorth Jun 23, 2016 8:43 PM 132

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