plumeless thistle

Other Names: spiny plumeless thistle, bristly thistle

Life Cycle:  Winter annual or biennial

Description: Can be distinguished from musk thistle by the leaf-like spines on the stem and hairs on the underside of the leaf.  Flower heads are only 1-2 inches wide, much smaller than musk thistle flowers.

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Herbicide Options: Response of Pasture Weeds to Herbicides and Mowing - AGR 207