Calflora
Taxon  Report   2141    
Cirsium occidentale  (Nutt.) Jeps.  var. candidissimum  (Greene) J. F. Macbr.
Snowy thistle
Cirsium occidentale var. candidissimum
© 2002 Gary A. Monroe
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Cirsium occidentale var. candidissimum
© 2003 Joseph Dougherty/ecology.org
Cirsium occidentale var. candidissimum
© 2015 Richard Spellenberg
Cirsium occidentale var. candidissimum, 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 occidentale var. candidissimum
© 2017 Leif Johnson
Family: ASTERACEAE  
Genus: Cirsium
Parent: Cirsium occidentale
Communities: Yellow Pine Forest, Foothill Woodland, Chaparral, Valley Grassland, (many plant communities)

Habitat: slopes

Name Status:
Accepted by JEF + PLANTS

Alternate Names:
PLANTS: Cirsium candidissimum
PLANTS: Cirsium pastoris
More information about  Cirsium occidentale var. candidissimum
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

USDA PLANTS Profile (CIOCC)

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 12, 2018).

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