Musk Thistle

Carduus nutans

  • A biennial thistle that sprouts from seed only
  • Grows to seven feet tall
  • Produces a single, large purple flower at the end of a bent, naked stem
  • Leaves have spiny margins
  • Stems are spiny and winged
  • Grows in varied locations, from vacant fields to roadsides to forest and rangelands
  • Dig, removing the top two inches of root prior to seed set
  • Chemical controls are available