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Cirsium carolinianum (Carolina thistle)
Cressler, Alan

Cirsium carolinianum

Cirsium carolinianum (Walter) Fernald & B.G. Schub.

Carolina Thistle, Soft Thistle, Purple Thistle, Smallhead Thistle

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Carduus carolinianus, Cirsium flaccidum

USDA Symbol: CICA7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial , Biennial
Habit: Herb
Size Notes: To about 6 feet in height.
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: Flowers usually purple-pink to magenta, occasionally white.


USA: AL , AR , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MO , MS , NC , OH , OK , SC , TN , TX , VA

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2015-08-14
Research By: JAM

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