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Musk Thistle

Carduus nutans

Plant Data

Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Rayless nodding flowerheads, up to 5cm. Reddish-purple with brown bracts.
Fruit:
A small achene (seed), reaching 5mm across.
Leaves:
The basal leaves reach a maximum of 25cm long and 10cm wide. The stem leaves are arranged alternate along the stems. The dark green, lobed leaves are very spiny.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The stems and oil of Musk Thistle are both edible.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Flowers are sweet and musky.
Other Names:
Bristle Thistle, Buck Thistle, Nodding Plumeless Thistle, Nodding Thistle.
Habitats:
Farmland, grassland, roadsides, wasteland.