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Cirsium arizonicum (Arizona thistle)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Cirsium arizonicum

Cirsium arizonicum (A. Gray) Petr.

Arizona Thistle

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Cirsium arizonicum var. arizonicum, Cirsium arizonicum var. nidulum, Cirsium nidulum, Cnicus arizonicus

USDA Symbol: CIAR3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Biennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Oblong

Bloom Information

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


USA: AZ , CA , NM , NV , UT

Value to Beneficial Insects

Special 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.

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2010-04-17
Research By: TWC Staff

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