Nuttall’s thistle? from Ann in SC

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Thistle growing in a pasture in coastal SC. Sandy soil, most plants growing in full sun. Photographed on May 29. Most plants not yet blooming. Largest plants are over 6 feet tall and biggest leaves are ~14 inches long.


my ‘best guess’ on this one is Cirsium nuttallii, Nuttall’s thistle.  It can be white or pink and can get to about 9 feet tall. It is typically on the coastal plain in South Carolina.


Steve Hill, Ph.D., Botanist, SCNPS

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