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Cirsium virginianum [= Cirsium revolutum]

Virginia Thistle

Scientific Name:

Cirsium virginianum [= Cirsium revolutum]

Genus:

Cirsium

Species Epithet:

virginianum

Common Name:

Virginia Thistle

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Biennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Pink, Blue, Violet

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

August, September, October

Growing Area:

Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Moist to fairly dry pine savannas, bogs.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Biennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

Attracts bees and flies.

Plant

image

Tom Harville
Columbus County
Oct '08

Bloom

image

Tom Harville

Leaves

image

Tom Harville

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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