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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.
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  •Carduus nutans (245)
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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 beginning of August thru 1st week of May

How Likely at this Location (40%)
Name Match (100%)
Plant Showiness (81%)
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