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Carduus nutans L.
Nodding plumeless thistle



General Information
Symbol: CANU4
Group: Dicot
Family: Asteraceae
Duration: Biennial
Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb
Native Status: CAN   I
L48   I
Data Source and Documentation
Arizona"Arkansas"California"Colorado"Connecticut"DistrictGeorgia"Idaho"Illinois"Indiana"Iowa"Kansas"Kentucky"Louisiana"Massachusetts"Michigan"Minnesota"Mississippi"Missouri"Montana"Nebraska"Nevada"NewNewNewNewNorthNorthOhio"Oklahoma"Oregon"Pennsylvania"RhodeSouthSouthTennessee"Texas"Utah"Virginia"Washington"WestWisconsin"Wyoming"
Distribution Map
green distribution legend Present blank legend Absent/Unreported

See U.S. county distributions (when available) by clicking on the map or the linked states below:

USA (AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WV, WY), CAN (AB, BC, MB, NB, NF, NS, ON, QC, SK)

Images

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Synonyms

Symbol Scientific Name Other Common Names
CANUL Carduus nutans L. ssp. leiophyllus (Petrovic) Stojanov & Stef. Nodding plumeless thistle
CANUV Carduus nutans L. var. vestitus (H.M. Hallier) B. Boivin
CANUL2 Carduus nutans L. var. leiophyllus (Petrovic) Arènes
CANUM3 Carduus nutans L. var. macrocephalus (Desf.) B. Boivin
CANUM2 Carduus nutans L. ssp. macrolepis (Peterm.) Kazmi Nodding plumeless thistle
CAMA30 Carduus macrolepis Peterm.
CAMA29 Carduus macrocephalus Desf.
CANUM Carduus nutans L. ssp. macrocephalus (Desf.) Nyman Nodding plumeless thistle
CANUN Carduus nutans L. ssp. nutans Nodding plumeless thistle

Classification

Click on a scientific name below to expand it in the PLANTS Classification Report.
Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Asterales
Family Asteraceae – Aster family
Genus Carduus L. – plumeless thistle
Species Carduus nutans L. – nodding plumeless thistle

Subordinate Taxa

This plant has no children

Legal Status

Noxious Weed Information
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete noxious weed list for that location, or click here for a composite list of all Federal and State Noxious Weeds.
Arkansas
Carduus
thistle
Noxious weed
California
musk thistle
A list (noxious weeds)
Colorado
musk thistle
B list (noxious weeds)
Idaho
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Illinois
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Iowa
Carduus
thistle
Primary noxious weed
Kansas
musk thistle, nodding thistle
Noxious weed
Kentucky
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Maryland
musk thistle, nodding thistle
Noxious weed
Minnesota
musk thistle
Prohibited noxious weed
Missouri
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Nebraska
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Nevada
musk thistle
Noxious weed
New Mexico
musk thistle
Class B noxious weed
North Carolina
musk thistle
Class B noxious weed
North Dakota
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Ohio
musk thistle
Prohibited noxious weed
Oklahoma
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Oregon
musk thistle
"B" designated weed
musk thistle
Quarantine
Pennsylvania
musk thistle, nodding thistle
Noxious weed
South Dakota
musk thistle
Regulated non-native plant species
Utah
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Washington
musk thistle
Class B noxious weed
musk thistle, nodding thistle
Noxious weed seed and plant quarantine
West Virginia
musk thistle
Noxious weed
Wyoming
musk thistle
Noxious weed
U.S. Weed Information
Carduus nutans
chardon penche
musk thistle
nodding plumeless thistle
nodding thistle
plumeless thistle
This plant and the related entity italicized and indented above can be weedy or invasive according to the authoritative sources noted below.This plant may be known by one or more common names in different places, and some are listed above. Click on an acronym to view each weed list, or click here for a composite list of Weeds of the U.S.
STATE Assorted authors. State noxious weed lists for 46 states. State agriculture or natural resource departments.
KY Haragan, P.D.. 1991. Weeds of Kentucky and adjacent states: a field guide. The University Press of Kentucky. Lexington, Kentucky.
N'EAST Uva, R.H., J.C. Neal, & J.M. DiTomaso. 1997. Weeds of the Northeast. Cornell University Press. Ithaca, New York.
NE&GP Stubbendieck, J., G.Y. Friisoe, & M.R. Bolick. 1994. Weeds of Nebraska and the Great Plains. Nebraska Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Plant Industry. Lincoln, Nebraska.
SEEPPC Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council. 1996. Invasive exotic pest plants in Tennessee (19 October 1999). Research Committee of the Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council. Tennessee.
SWSS Southern Weed Science Society. 1998. Weeds of the United States and Canada. CD-ROM. Southern Weed Science Society. Champaign, Illinois.
WI Hoffman, R. & K. Kearns (eds.). 1997. Wisconsin manual of control recommendations for ecologically invasive plants. Wisconsin Dept. Natural Resources. Madison, Wisconsin.
WSWS Whitson, T.D. (ed.) et al.. 1996. Weeds of the West. Western Society of Weed Science in cooperation with Cooperative Extension Services, University of Wyoming. Laramie, Wyoming.

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

Top Level Regions
Arid West FACU
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain UPL
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont UPL
Great Plains FACU
Midwest FACU
Northcentral & Northeast FACU
Western Mountains, Valleys, and Coast UPL

Wildlife

Food

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Cover

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Description of Values

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