Thistle – Bull

Cirsium vulgare (Savi) Tenore

Family Composite (Compositae)
Bloom Summer
Habitat Meadows, roadsides
Status Non-Native
Cycle Biennial
Height 2-6′
Flower Flower heads are usually single but may have as many as 3 flowers on top of the stem. Flowers are pink to red and may be as large as 2″. Stiff yellow-tipped spines cover the flower bracts. Only a few flowers per plant.
Leaf Leaves are deeply cut and the lobes are coarsely toothed and tipped with a sharp pointed spine. Leaf margins are edged with shorter, prickly spines. Leaves are wooly on the underside.
Notes The stem is coarse and usually hairy.


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