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Carduus nutans
musk thistle Aster Family
Carduus nutans Asteraceae
common names
  musk thistle
  nodding thistle
  nodding plumeless thistle
accepted scientific name
  Carduus nutans L.
rules for finding collection records
  Carduus nutans (1835)
family name
Image Author: ©2009 Barry Breckling
Image License: CC BY-NC-SA
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Category: Wildflowers
Flowers: Many petals
Petal colors: color color
Flower size is 1.5 to 3. inches
Leaf: Alternate
Plant Observed 3rd week of April thru 3rd week of September
Not Native. Invasive in CA, CO, ID, IL, KS, KY, MD, MN, MO, NE, NV, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK,, PA, SD, UT, WA, WV, WY. Noxious weed in OR.

How Likely at this Location (48%)
Name Match (100%)
Plant Showiness (81%)
base map where plant found
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