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Cirsium vulgare Commonly known as bull thistle

Distribution Map

Weed Classification

Noxious Weed Class Class C: Species are widespread throughout the state. Management decisions should be made at a local level based on the feasibility of control and level of infestation.
Weed Type forb
Found in rangeland
Duration annual or biennial
Juice not milky
Spines, Thorns, and Prickles stem,leaves,fruit,flowers
Growth Habit at Maturity spreading
Leaf Arrangement alternate Show example photo
Leaf Type not lobed,lobed Show example photo
Presence of Leaf Tendils absent Show example photo
Leaf Succulence not succulent
Stem Shape winged
Flower Color pink-red
Flower Symmetry symmetric Show example photo

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