Creeping Thistle/Canada Thistle

Cirsium arvense

Summary 6

Cirsium arvense is a perennial species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native throughout Europe and northern Asia, and widely introduced elsewhere. The standard English name in its native area is creeping thistle.

How to recognize it? 7

Smooth stem. Irregular, wavy non-hairy leaves with spiny edges. Small (<1in) lavender flowers with sweet scent.

Native lookalike: Hookers Thistle

Observations in Banff National Park 8


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