COMMON CRUPINA
(Crupina Vulgaris Cass.)

GROWTH HABIT: Winter annual, erect to 3 feet tall.

LEAVES: Rosette leaf margins smooth to slightly toothed, cotyledons have a red to purple medrib. Mature plant leaves alternate, attached directly to stems, deeply lobed or dissected with margins containing short stiff spines.

STEMS: Stiff, terminating in one to several flowering branches.

FLOWER: 1 to 5 heads per branch, narrow, cylindrical, pink, lavender or purple. Flower in June and July.

ROOTS:
Taproot.

SEEDS:
Oblong with a ring of dark stiff bristles encircling the broad end of the seed.

OTHER:
Found in rangeland and disturbed non-crop areas.

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