Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

Common names:
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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
Plant Height: 2 to 5 feet
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Fruit is an achene
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Rose
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Other info: Recognized Invasive and /or Noxious Weed in multiple States: CO, MD, MN, NM, OR, PA, WA
Pollinators: Self
Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

With bumble queen!

Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Oct 10, 2013 4:33 AM

Considered a noxious weed in many parts of the country, Bull Thistle is often confused with Musk Thistle. The leaves of mature Musk Thistle lack the hairs found on the leaves of Bull Thistles.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Nice photo by gardengus Feb 22, 2014 1:30 PM 5
Not Onopordum acanthium by kniphofia Jul 4, 2018 12:50 AM 5
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
What species is this? 24 (Binomial name please) by NightCrow Jun 12, 2018 6:30 AM 1
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 am i? by IJsbrandtGA May 8, 2017 12:04 PM 9
Cirsium? if so, which one? by greene Apr 27, 2016 11:30 PM 17
Cirsium? by SCButtercup Apr 3, 2015 5:58 PM 17
Which "weed"? by SongofJoy Oct 6, 2014 11:43 AM 35

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