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Pasture Thistle
Cirsium discolor
Asteraceae

Pink Purple Swish

Bright pink/purple globular flowers (that remind everyone of Scotland) bloom in August & September, exceptionally spiny deeply cut leaves up to 9” long, forms a large flat rosette of leaves the first year, seeds dispersed on feathery parachutes, butterfly host plant (Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui), attracts butterflies & native bees, birds love the seeds, Goldfinches famously use the seed ‘fluff’ to line their nests, attracts hummingbirds.

Dry To Moist
Sun To Part Shade
2-8’ tall
Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-9a
Biennial
Deer resistant

Other names: Field Thistle

Native Range: s. QC & ON & west to ND, south to the GA mountains and e. TX

Germination - Easy: Cold Stratify 6 weeks

Pasture Thistle Seed Packet $4.00
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