Plants of the Castlemaine district

Creeping Thistle - introduced (*Cirsium arvense)

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Other names: Californian Thistle, Perennial Thistle.

Family: Asteraceae (Daisy family).

Native of Europe.

Occurrence: Generally uncommon in North-central Victoria.


Notes: Creeping Thistle is a declared noxious weed, and is Restricted in North-central Victoria. It can be spread by seed, and from root fragments. It is a perennial.

Similar species: The creeping roots, the bare stems, and the smallish flower clusters help distinguish Creeping Thistle from other thistles.

Photo 1: Creeping Thistle. Little Hampton.
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Above:2: Creeping Thistle. Woodend. 3: Dried specimen. Woodend.