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Thistle, Italian

Carduus pycnocephalus

Annual, sometimes biennial; cobwebby hairs cover stems and undersides of leaves. Leaves are alternate and lance-shaped. Stems are slender, slightly winged and have spines along entire length. Flowers are thimble size, purple to pinkinsh in color, grow in cluster of 2 to 5 and branch at the tips. Flowers blum from spring to midsummer.

Plant Details

Habitat NotesDisturbed sites, roadsides, pastures, rangelands, right-of-ways, waste areas and open areas.
Mature Height8in-6.5’
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