Taxon  Report   2130    
Cirsium fontinale  (Greene) Jeps.  var. fontinale 
Fountain thistle
Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale
© 2007 Toni Corelli
Photos from
CalPhotos / Calflora
Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale
© 2010 Neal Kramer
Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is endemic (limited) to California.
CNPS Rare Plant Rank: 1B.1 (rare, threatened, or endangered in CA and elsewhere).   8th Edition

It is listed by the State of California as Endangered and by the Federal Government as 'Endangered '.

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Observation Hotline
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point, line, or polygon

one or more occurrences
within a 7.5-minute quadrangle

Plant Characteristics
and Associations

Bloom Period
Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale
© 2011 Scott Cox
Communities: Chaparral, Valley Grassland, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs in wetlands

Serpentine affinity: 6.1; (strict endemic)

Habitat: seeps, openings

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + CNPS + PLANTS

More information about  Cirsium fontinale var. fontinale
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
Photos on   /   Google Images
Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation


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Suggested Citation
Calflora: Information on California plants for education, research and conservation,
with data contributed by public and private institutions and individuals, including the Consortium of California Herbaria.
[web application]. 2018. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization].
Available:   (Accessed: Oct 16, 2018).

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