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Cirsium altissimum (Tall thistle)
Smith, R.W.

Cirsium altissimum

Cirsium altissimum (L.) Hill

Tall Thistle

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Carduus altissimus, Cirsium altissimum var. biltmoreanum

USDA Symbol: CIAL2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Lanceolate , Oblong
Inflorescence: Head
Size Class: 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Ray flowers absent.

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WI , WV

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist

Benefit

Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Attracts: Birds
Nectar Source: yes

Additional resources

USDA: Find Cirsium altissimum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cirsium altissimum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cirsium altissimum

Metadata

Record Modified: 2012-12-07
Research By: JAM

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