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Carduus nutans L.

Family - Asteraceae

Common Name - Musk Thistle

 

Native 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Habitats
Bare ground
Grassland
Roadsides
Wasteland
Description of Genus

Annual and biennial herbs with spiny stems and leaves. The flowers are usually purple but occasionally white.

Carduus nutans
Quentin GroomFlowers of Carduus nutans
Richard Milne
Habitat Notes

Prefering calcareous soils, but not confined to them.

Life History
Biennial
UK distribution

Found in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. (See Map)

Flowering Time

In flower during May, June, July, August, September and October.

Fruit

The fruit is an achene.

Flower

The flower is compound

Names in other languages and countries

USA
Nodding Plumeless Thistle
Poland
Oset zwisly

Chromosome Number (2N)

16

Other British Names


Nodding Thistle