Cirsium pitcheri (Torr. ex Eaton) Torr. & A. Gray
Sand dune thistle
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: CIPI
Federally-listed as threatened. Listed endangered by Canadian Species At Risk Act (SARA).
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sand
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Painted Lady
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Provides Nesting Materials/Structure for Native Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Cirsium pitcheri is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Painted Lady |
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BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Web ReferenceWebref 3 - Flora of North America (2008) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 12 - Great Lakes Ecological Assessment: Threatened, Endangered, or Sensitive Species (2012) USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cirsium pitcheri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cirsium pitcheri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cirsium pitcheri
MetadataRecord Modified: 2012-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff