Carduus nutans


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Noun1.Carduus nutans - Eurasian perennial naturalized in eastern North America having very spiny white cottony foliage and nodding musky crimson flower headsCarduus nutans - Eurasian perennial naturalized in eastern North America having very spiny white cottony foliage and nodding musky crimson flower heads; valuable source of nectar
thistle - any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves
Carduus, genus Carduus - genus of annual or perennial Old World prickly thistles
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Scientific name Common name Pre-1940 Alliaria petiolata garlic mustard Artemesia vulgaris mugwort Carduus nutans (D) musk thistle Centaurea stoebe spotted knapweed Cirsium arvense Canada thistle x Cirsium vulgare bull thistle x Clematis terniflora sweet autumn clematis Conium maculatum (D) poison hemlock Convolvulus arvense field bindweed x Coronilla varia (P) crown vetch x Cynanchum louiseae black swallow-wort x Daucus carota Queen Anne's lace x Dioscorea polystachya (D) Chinese yam Dipsacus fullonum common teasel x Dipsacus laciniatus cut-leaved teasel x Euphorbia esula leafy spurge x Glechoma hederacea creeping Charlie x Hesperis matronalis dame's rocket x Humulus japonicus (D) Japanese hops Hypericum perforatum St.
In this part of Kansas, the musk thistle (Carduus nutans) is an especially problematic (legally noxious) weed that has made considerable headway over the past few years, especially in overgrazed pastures and disturbed meadows.
I would also like to find a very large flowered strain of Pasture thistle (Cirsium Pumilum), with near-white flowers over three inches wide, spiny leaves, and fuzzy stems; Tall thistle (Cirsium Altissiumum) with smooth "elm tree" wide leaves; and Nodding thistle (Carduus Nutans).