BULL THISTLE
(Cirsium Vulgare(Savi)Tenore)

GROWTH HABIT: Biennial, erect, many spreading branches. Rosette formed first year, flowering stem elongates second year.

LEAVES: Green, sparsely hairy, with short appressed prickles on the surface, cottony below. Sharp spines on the margins.

STEMS:
Stout, 2 ft. To 5 ft. tall with spiny wings from leaves.

FLOWER:
Terminal, more or less clustered, 1-1/2 to 2 inches wide, flowers dark purple, bracts spine tipped.

ROOTS: Short fleshy taproot.

SEEDS:
Straw colored, striped lengthwise with brown or black, a protrusion at one end.

OTHER:
Reproduce by seed only.

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