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Cirsium wheeleri (Wheeler's thistle)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Cirsium wheeleri

Cirsium wheeleri (A. Gray) Petr.

Wheeler's Thistle

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Cirsium blumeri, Cirsium perennans, Cnicus wheeleri


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Root Type: Tap
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Elliptic , Lanceolate
Fruit Type: Achene

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AZ , NM , NV , UT

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist

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.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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