Cirsium discolor
(Field Thistle)

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Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Field Thistle, Pasture Thistle
    Synonyms: Carduus discolor
    Lifespan: Biennial
    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. As its name suggests, it 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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