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Sonoran Desert Plants
Cirsium neomexicanum (New Mexico Thistle, cardo)

Ajo Peak at Night

 

 Cirsium neomexicanum

 Cirsium neomexicanum

 Cirsium neomexicanum

Habitat: mountains, canyons, arroyos
Life Form: forb,biennial forb,annual
Leaf Description: alternate large lanceolate spiny toothed simple
Flower Color: lavender or purple or violet
Flowering Period: spring
Spines: spiny leaves
Family: Asteraceae (sunflower family)
Abundance: uncommon
Additional Information:
Felger, R.S. and S. Rutman. 2016. Ajo Peak to Tinajas Altas: Flora of southwestern Arizona. Part 21. Eudicots: Asteraceae-Aster Family. Phytoneuron 2016-77: 1-164. Published 29 November 2016. ISSN 2153 733X page 63 (30.2 MB pdf)

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Our member horticultural expert is Hank Jorgensen. For more information on this plant species, see Hank's page on Cirsium neomexicanum (opens in a new tab).

 

 

 

 

 

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