This thistle is one of the more common thistles spread across the united
states. Its is easily identified and distinguished from other thistles
by the drooping infloresence (flower head). It is also
particularly spiney, making it very difficult to pull by hand.
Also known as nodding thistle because
of the tendancy for the head to start to 'nod' over.
It is very important when trying to eradicate thistles,
that you learn to properly identify them. Musk thistle,
in particular can easily be mistaken for some of the native thistles that
have beneficial effects for humans.
Links to more information
forest service: Detailed species information with an extensive
reference list or current research on this species. If you ever wanted
to learn about Musk thistle, and everything that has been done about
it, this review article (although boring), is for you.