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Cirsium pitcheri (Torr. ex Eaton) Torr. & A. Gray
Sand Dune Thistle
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: cipi
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
Federally-listed as threatened. Listed endangered by Canadian Species At Risk Act (SARA).
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Biennial
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Dull white or pinkish.
DistributionUSA: IL , IN , MI , WI
Native Habitat: Lakeshores
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sand
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: Painted Lady
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial 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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Mr. Smarty Plants says
Native plants of dune erosion control in Michigan
May 30, 2008
We care for Lake Michigan dune near our home in New Buffalo and would like to provide erosion control with native species that will also enhance the beauty of the dune with long lasting flowers. The ...
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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Threatened & Endangered StatusUSFWS Species Profile: Q276Status:
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Web ReferenceWebref 3 - Flora of North America (2014) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 12 - Great Lakes Ecological Assessment: Threatened, Endangered, or Sensitive Species (2012) USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Cirsium pitcheri in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Cirsium pitcheri in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Cirsium pitcheri
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-12-05
Research By: TWC Staff