Taxon  Report   2124    
Cirsium cymosum  (Greene) J. T. Howell
Peregrine thistle
Cirsium cymosum
© 2009 Keir Morse
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Cirsium cymosum
© 2009 Keir Morse
Cirsium cymosum
© 2009 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Cirsium cymosum, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is native to California, is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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Cirsium cymosum
© 2018 Joseph Belli
Genus: Cirsium
Subspecies and Varieties:
Communities: Mixed Evergreen Forest, Chaparral, Foothill Woodland, Yellow Pine Forest

Serpentine affinity: 3; (strong indicator)

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cirsium triacanthum
More information about  Cirsium cymosum
Nursery / seed vendor availability from CNPLX
Commercial availability unknown.
Landscaping information from Calscape
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

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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]. 2019. Berkeley, California: The Calflora Database [a non-profit organization]. Available:   (Accessed: Jan 23, 2019).