This plant is native to Eurasia, and is considered a noxious weed in Colorado. It grows in open areas such as meadows or along the roadsides. Despite its spiky appearance and unwelcome presence, it is quite pretty. The top is a bright pinkish-purple color and soft to the touch. The lower section of the flower is spiky, either green or purplish. The beauty of this plant is its perfectly spiraled symmetry.
|Scientific Name:||Carduus nutans|
|Native:||No, Designated Noxious Weed|
|Soil Type:||Open areas, roadsides|
Musk Thistle, Nodding Thistle, Nodding Plumeless Thistle
|Habitat:||Sea level to Montane|