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Cirsium drummondii (Dwarf thistle)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Cirsium drummondii

Cirsium drummondii Torr. & A. Gray

Dwarf Thistle

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Cirsium coccinatum

USDA Symbol: CIDR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

The species name of this plant is named for Thomas Drummond, (ca. 1790-1835), naturalist, born in Scotland, around 1790. In 1830 he made a trip to America to collect specimens from the western and southern United States. In March, 1833, he arrived at Velasco, Texas to begin his collecting work in that area. He spent twenty-one months working the area between Galveston Island and the Edwards Plateau, especially along the Brazos, Colorado, and Guadalupe rivers. His collections were the first made in Texas that were extensively distributed among the museums and scientific institutions of the world. He collected 750 species of plants and 150 specimens of birds. Drummond had hoped to make a complete botanical survey of Texas, but he died in Havana, Cuba, in 1835, while making a collecting tour of that island.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Oblanceolate , Oblong
Size Class: 0-1 ft. , 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , NM , SD , WY
Canada: AB , BC , MB , NT , ON , SK

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun

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

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


Record Modified: 2008-07-16
Research By: TWC Staff

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