Cirsium hillii
(Hill's Thistle)

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               Seedpod                                           Leaf                                            Stem                                        Seed                                          Habit

Facts About this Plant:

    Common Names: Hill's Thistle
    Zones: 4 - 7
    Type: Forb
    Bloom Time: June - August
    Status: Native

Cirsium hillii, or Hill's Thistle, is native only to the Great Lakes area, where it is rare. It is a monocarpic perennial, that grows in prairies, fields, along roadsides and in open pine forests. It blooms in mid summer with striking purple flowers.

This species can be distinguished by its singular large, flowers per stem, and its relatively short height, usually only getting one to two feet tall.

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