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musk thistle
Carduus nutans
Carduus nutans
musk thistle Aster Family
Carduus nutans Asteraceae
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English common names
  •musk thistle
  •nodding thistle
Spanish common name
  •cardo pendiente
accepted scientific name
  •Carduus nutans L.
rules for finding collection records
  •Carduus nutans (163)
family name
  •Asteraceae
Image Author: ©2009 Barry Breckling
Image License: CC BY-NC-SA
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Category: Wildflowers
Flowers: Many petals
Petal colors: color color color
Flower size is 1.5 to 3.0 inches
Leaf: Alternate, Simple
Plant Observed 3rd week of October thru 1st week of May

How Likely at this Location (34%)
Name Match (100%)
Plant Showiness (81%)
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