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Musk Thistle

Musk ThistleScientific name: Carduus nutans L. (ITIS)

Common names: Musk thistle, nodding thistle

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Native To: Eurasia (Zouhar 2002)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First recorded in 1852 (Zouhar 2002)

Means of Introduction: Accidental, possibly through ballast water (Zouhar 2002)

Impact: Crowds out native species and forage for livestock (Zouhar 2002)

Current U.S. Distribution:

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Council

Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council Invasive Plant Manual - Musk Thistle
Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council.

Fact Sheet: Nodding Thistle (Jan 2014; PDF | 700 KB)
Alberta Invasive Plants Council (Canada).

Partnership

Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States - Musk Thistle
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.

Texas Invasives Database - Carduus nutans
TexasInvasives.org.

Invasive Species Compendium - Carduus nutans
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Carduus nutans (herb)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Government

Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN) - Carduus nutans
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.

Carduus nutans - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.

Plant Profile for Carduus nutans - PLANTS Database - Nodding Plumeless Thistle
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.

Weed Profile: Nodding thistle
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (Australia).

Nodding Thistle
Tasmania Department of Primary Industries and Water (Australia). Weeds, Pests, and Diseases.

State

Carduus genus - EncycloWeedia
California Department of Food and Agriculture.

Musk Thistle - Best Management Practices Weed Profile (PDF | 216 KB)
Colorado State Parks.

Musk Thistle Identification and Management (Aug 2008; PDF | 1.99 MB)
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Conservation Services Division.

Musk Thistle - Noxious Weed Identification List
State of Colorado. Jefferson County. Weed and Pest Management Program.

Musk Thistle Control
Missouri Department of Conservation.

Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania: Musk Thistle (PDF | 254 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Class B Noxious Weed: Musk Thistle
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.

Musk or Nodding Thistle (Carduus nutans)
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Academic

Musk thistle (Carduus nutans L.) and related species: - Invasive Plant Species of Alaska (PDF | 170 KB)
University of Alaska - Anchorage. Alaska Natural Heritage Program.

Musk Thistle (PDF | 567 KB)
University of Arkansas. Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Musk Thistle
Colorado State University. Cooperative Extension.

Musk Thistle
Colorado Weed Management Association.

Invasive Plant Atlas of the MidSouth - Musk Thistle
Mississippi State University. GeoResources Institute.

Musk Thistle - Noxious Weeds of Nebraska (PDF | 411 KB)
University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Cooperative Extension.

Managing Musk Thistle (PDF | 323 KB)
University of Nevada - Reno. Cooperative Extension.

Professional

BioBullies - Musk Thistle
Natural Biodiversity (Western Pennsylvania).

Musk Thistle
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.

Citations

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Carduus nutans. [Accessed Mar 19, 2015].

Zouhar, K. 2002. Carduus nutans. In: Fire Effects Information System. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory.

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Last Modified: May 16, 2015
 
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