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Cirsium horridulum Michx.
USDA Symbol: CIHO2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
A tall branching stem with large yellow or red-purple flower heads and very spiny, clasping leaves. It grows 1-5 1/2 feet tall, and the leaves are 8-24 inches long. In rare instances the blossom is yellow.
Often found along the edges of salt marshes, it is also a pasture weed in the South, where it is frequently red-purple instead of yellow. Prairie Thistle (C. canescens) also yellow, has leaves white and velvety beneath and grayish above, with leaf bases extending, wing-like, down the stem. It is typical of overgrazed western pastures.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
, VA Native Distribution:
Coastal Plain from southern Maine to Florida; west to Texas. Native Habitat:
Shores, marshes, sandy or peaty fields.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
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Native host plants for Painted Lady Butterfly
June 01, 2006
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Stengl Biological Research Station
- Smithville, TX
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-1161
Collected 2008-04-29 in Harrison County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2010-06-06
Research By: TWC Staff