Onopordum acanthium - Asteraceae Family - Biennial
Other common name: Cotton Thistle
Monitor and destroy new plants before seed production.
Hand pulling, digging, cutting, mowing and tilling.
Biological control agents, livestock grazing, and revegetation practices.
Selective herbicides based on the plant and the specific location. Check our weed fact sheets for specific control information.
Scotch thistle: flower
Scotch thistle: infestation
Scotch thistle: rosettes
Scotch thistle: foliage
Scotch thistle: rosette
Scotch thistle: seeds
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Species Compendium. (2017, November 22). Onopordum
acanthium (scotch thistle). Retrieved from https://www.cabi.org/isc/datasheet/37456
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Southwest [PDF file]. Retrieved from https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5410130.pdf View PDF