Calflora
Taxon  Report   2151    
Cirsium vulgare  (Savi) Ten.
Bull thistle
Cirsium vulgare
© 2016 Erik Larsen
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Cirsium vulgare
© 2018 Julie Kierstead Nelson
Cirsium vulgare
© 2008 John Dittes
Cirsium vulgare, a dicot, is a perennial herb that is not native to California; it was introduced from elsewhere and naturalized in the wild. Cal-IPC rating: Moderate

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Cirsium vulgare
© 2005 Christopher L. Christie
Family: ASTERACEAE  
Genus: Cirsium
Communities: weed, characteristic of disturbed places, wetland-riparian

Wetlands: Occurs usually in non wetlands, occasionally in wetlands

Habitat: disturbed

Name Status:
Accepted by ICPN + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Carduus lanceolatus
PLANTS: Carduus vulgaris
PLANTS: Cirsium lanceolatum var. hypoleucum
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More information about  Cirsium vulgare
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Jepson eFlora

Records from the Consortium of California Herbaria

ITIS Original Publication citation

USDA PLANTS Profile (CIVU)

Search the International Plants Names Index

Search efloras.org (Flora of North America)

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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: https://www.calflora.org/   (Accessed: Dec 14, 2018).

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