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Cirsium pitcheri (Torr. ex Eat.) Torr. & Gray
Sand dune thistle
Synonyms: Cnicus pitcheri
USDA Symbol: cipi
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Federally-listed as threatened. Listed endangered by Canadian Species At Risk Act (SARA).
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
IL , IN , MI , WI Canada: ON Native Habitat:
Lakeshores USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sand
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Painted Lady
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Mr. Smarty Plants says
Native plants of dune erosion control in Michigan
May 30, 2008
We care for Lake Michigan dune near our home in New Buffalo and would like to provide erosion control with native species that will also enhance the beauty of the dune with long lasting flowers. The ...
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Record Modified: 2012-10-11
Research By: TWC Staff