Photographer: Merel R. Black
Carduus nutans L.
musk thistle, nodding plumeless thistle, nodding thistle
Carduus: the classical Latin name for thistle
nutans: nodding or drooping, usually the flowers
Restricted Invasive - Eradicate!
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized; ecologically invasive|
|Plant: ||erect, biennial, 1'-7' tall forb; stems often spiny-winged|
|Flower: ||head 1 1/2"-3" wide with pink disk flowers; inflorescence usually a solitary, often nodding head at the ends of the branches on long, smooth stalks; blooms June-Oct.|
|Fruit:||4-angled, dry seed on fluffy, but not feathery pappus|
|Habitat: ||disturbed areas, roadsides|