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Cirsium foliosum (Elk thistle)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Cirsium foliosum

Cirsium foliosum (Hook.) DC.

Elk thistle

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Cirsium foliosum var. minganense

USDA Symbol: cifo

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug


USA: AK , ID , MT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , NT , YT

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.

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


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

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