Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Cirsium discolor (Muhl. ex Willd.) Spreng. image
Photographer: Richard Bauer           

Derek Anderson

Derek Anderson

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Robert Bierman

Robert W. Freckmann

Steve C. Garske

Steve C. Garske
Family Asteraceae
Cirsium discolor (Muhl. ex Willd.) Spreng.
field thistle, pasture thistle, prairie thistle
Cirsium: derived from the Greek kirsion, "a kind of thistle;" also cirsos meaning "a swollen vein" for which thistle was once a remedy
discolor: of two or different colors
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, (biennial?)/perennial, 3'-7' tall, silvery, widely branched, spiny forb
Flower: head up to 1 1/2" wide with pale pink disk flowers; inflorescence of one to many heads on a somewhat leafy stalk; blooms July-Oct.
Fruit:dry seed on fluffy, feathery-divided pappus
Leaf:large, firm, spiny, deeply pinnately-divided, underside with a whitish fuzz
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; prairies, fields
Notes: similar to C. altissimum

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Carduus discolor (Muhl. ex Willd.) Nutt.
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