Biennial Thistle Management

Biennial Thistle Management

Several biennial thistles are problematic in North America including bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare), musk thistle (Carduus nutans), plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides), and Scotch thistle (Onopordum acanthium). 

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Native and Exotic Thistles: Who's Jekyll, Who's Hyde?

Native and Exotic Thistles: Who's Jekyll, Who's Hyde?

There are five common exotic thistles (exluding Centaurea spp., both the starthistles and knapweeds) in the western U.S. that are problematic to some degree across a variety of habitats.

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Managing Scotch Thistle on Rangeland and Natural Areas

Managing Scotch Thistle  on Rangeland and Natural Areas

Scotch thistle (Onopordum acanthium) is a robust non-native plant well established throughout much of the United States and Canada. Severe infestations can form tall, dense stands that impede livestock and wildlife access to desirable forage plants, impacting wildlife habitat and limiting carrying capacity of infested rangeland and natural areas.

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