Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3383

Forb
Biennial/Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Rare

Look for it in prairies, open woodlands over mafic, ultramafic, or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Disc: Purplish
Rays: Absent
Bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cirsium carolinianum   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cirsium carolinianum   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-25-008:
Carduus carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Thistle, Spring Thistle, Soft Thistle


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picture of Carduus carolinianus, image of Cirsium carolinianum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_carolinianum_1

August        

Involucres 0.6-0.8" high, bracts appressed, only outer with short spines, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of Thistles

picture of Carduus carolinianus, image of Cirsium carolinianum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_carolinianum_61

September        

Corollas pink-purple (white), throats noticeably wider than tubes, per Flora of North America.