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Yavapai Ranch - Sue Smith

Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Cirsium wheeleri - Wheeler's thistle

Synonyms: Cirsium perennans, Cirsium blumeri
Plant Form: Forb

Family: Asteraceae

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Yavapai Ranch
Sue Smith
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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Perennial
General Desc: Erect plant with one to a few stems with narrow, spiny edged leaves and loose, lavender flower heads borne singly at branch tips.
Identification notes: Plants without rhizomes, pinkish-purple flowerheads, stems not winged, outer phyllaries not reflexed, dilated inner phyllaries and flowerheads solitary at the ends of stems and branches.
Height: To 4 feet


Habitat Description: Clearings in pine forests, juniper-dominated woodlands and meadows.
Plant Communities: Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Montane Conifer Forest
Elevation: 5000 - 9000 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: Pinkish-purple     Shape: Daisy or dandelion-like not in clusters     Tubular: N     Flowering Period: Jun - Oct
Description: The rose-purple or lavender flower heads are made up of tiny, tubular, disk flowers. The bracts are wide and oval-shaped. The flower head is loose to 1-1/2 inches wide and 2 inches long, occurring singly at branch tips.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Dark green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Narrow     Leaf Margin: Toothed     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: Y
Leaf Description: The leaves are dark green above and white-woolly beneath with widely spaced, spiny lobes. They are to 6 inches long at base and smaller on upper stem.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Type: Achene
Fruit Notes: Achene has numerous papery bristles measuring about 1 inch.

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