NUTTALL’S THISTLE (Cirsium nuttallii)

WHAT FLORIDA NATIVE PLANT IS BLOOMING TODAY?: NUTTALLS THISTLE (Cirsium nuttallii)

Buds shown. can get quite tall (4-5 ft. or more) spiny (OUCH) plant that is of great benefit to wildlife, providing for numerous insects.

Learn: http://regionalconservation.org/ircs/database/plants/PlantPage.asp?TXCODE=Cirsnutt

Native American Ethnobotany for this genus: http://herb.umd.umich.edu/herb/search.pl?searchstring=Cirsium

Larval Host: Little Metalmark Butterfly; Ive seen other notations that Cirsium spp. may be a host for the Painted lady Butterfly as well.

Where does it grow in Florida? http://www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=1018

A playground of biodiversity:
My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-biodiversity-of-a-single-native-plant.html

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4 comments
    • Loret said:

      Hi Gail! I was in awe of just how many species of insects this plant supports. When I did my article at BWG I think I photo documented about 20 or so species. Truly amazing!

  1. Loret said:

    OUCH! You need to plant some spiderwort close by and break a stem to get some soothing juice to put on the ouchy 😉

  2. before i realized this plant’s “ouch” factor, I grabbed it to yank from my lawn. NEVER again!!!

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