Musk Thistle/Nodding Thistle

Carduus nutans

Summary 5

Carduus nutans, with the common names musk thistle, nodding thistle, and nodding plumeless thistle, is a biennial herb in the Asteraceae—sunflower family. It is native to regions of Europe and Asia.

How to recognize it? 6

Solitary reddish-purple nodding flower head. Twisted dark green leaf with white midrib, spiny edges, fine woolly hairs.

Observations in Banff National Park 7

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