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Cirsium remotifolium
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Fewleaf Thistle
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Cirsium remotifolium

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About Fewleaf Thistle (Cirsium remotifolium) Cirsium remotifolium is a species of thistle known by the common name fewleaf thistle. It is native to the western United States, including the Pacific Coast and possibly as far east as the Rocky Mountains, depending on which populations are treated as part of the species. It is sometimes part of the serpentine soils flora. This native thistle is a perennial herb growing up to about 1. 5 meters tall. The leaves are borne on spiny petioles and are toothed or lobed, the lowest leaves at the base of the stem reaching 50 centimeters in length. The inflorescence is made up of clustered flower heads which are lined with spiny phyllaries. The head is filled with white or purple flowers up to 2. 5 centimeters long. The fruit is an achene a few millimeters long topped with a pappus up to about 2 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb

Max. Height
4.9 ft (1.5 m)

Flower Color
Pink, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Elevation ?
2' - 6692'

Annual Precip. ?
23.6" - 99.0"

Summer Precip. ?
0.25" - 3.59"

Coldest Month ?
33.2° F - 50.2° F

Hottest Month ?
52.0° F - 74.3° F

Humidity ?
0.08 vpd - 22.87 vpd

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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