Musk Thistle (Carduus nutans L.)

also known as: Nodding Thistle or Nodding Plumeless Thistle


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Division - Magnoliaphyta
Class - Magnoliopsida
Subclass - Asteridae
Order - Asterales
Family - Asteraceae
Genus - Cardus


This is technically not a true thistle (Cirisium) but a member of the Asteraceae family. The main plant picured here is slightly taller than I am. It is an absolutely beautiful, though quite painful, plant.

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Musk thistle seeds can create a beautiful mess.

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