Cirsium discolor
(Field Thistle)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Field Thistle, Pasture Thistle
    Synonyms: Carduus discolor
    Zones: 4 - 9
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: July - October
    Status: Native

Cirsium discolor, or Field Thistle, is native to most of the eastern United States. It is a monocarpic perennial, which, as its name suggests, grows in fields, but also along roadsides, railroads, and woodland edges. It blooms in mid summer into fall with pink-purple flowers.

There are a number of Cirsium species that look very similar in this genus. More information will be posted soon on differentiating this from others.

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