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Cirsium andrewsii (Franciscan thistle)
Cox, Fran

Cirsium andrewsii

Cirsium andrewsii (A. Gray) Jeps.

Franciscan Thistle

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Cnicus amplifolius

USDA Symbol: CIAN2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial , Biennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: Up to about 6 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep



National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC FAC
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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2018-08-06
Research By: CBR

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