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Yellow Star Thistle

Yellow Star ThistleScientific name: Centaurea solstitialis L.

Common names: Yellow star thistle, geeldissel, golden star thistle, St. Barnaby's thistle, yellow centaury, yellow cockspur

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Native To: Eurasia (Zouhar 2002)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1800s (Zouhar 2002)

Images: Invasive.org and Google

Means of Introduction: Accidentally through contaminated seed (Zouhar 2002)

Impact: Crowds out native species; toxic to horses (Zouhar 2002)

Current U.S. Distribution:

U.S. States and U.S. National Parks Where Reported Invasive: Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States map

Management Plans: Plants / Yellow Starthistle

Selected Internet Resources:

Federal Government

Centaurea solstitialis
Integrated Taxonomic Information System.
Taxonomy

Centaurea solstitialis L. (Yellow Starthistle/Barnaby's Thistle) - Noxious and Nuisance Plant Management Information System (PMIS)
DOD. USACE. Engineer Research and Development Center. Environmental Laboratory.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution

Yellow Starthistle - TEKTRAN database
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Research

Yellow Starthistle, Centaurea solstitialis: There’s A Fungus Amongus! (PDF | 102 KB) and "Progress in Yellow Starthistle Biological Control" (Feb 22, 1999)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Photographs; Impacts; Control; Research

"Weevil Gets Upper Hand With Unruly Weed" (Feb, 1999)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service.
Control

Centaurea solstitialis Article Citation Search - AGRICOLA Database
USDA. National Agricultural Library.
Research; Special Note: NAL Catalog Search (resources)

Centaurea solstitialis - Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN)
USDA. ARS. National Genetic Resources Program.
Taxonomy; Legal Aspects

Biology and Biological Control of Yellow Starthistle (Jul 2003, 2nd Ed; PDF | 1.6 MB)
USDA. FS. Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team.
FHTET-1998-17
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Distribution; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Controls

Yellow Starthistle - Weed of the Week (Mar 20, 2006; PDF | 180 KB)
USDA. FS. Northeastern Area. Forest Health Protection.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Centaurea solstitialis - Fire Effects Information System (FEIS)
USDA. FS. Rocky Mountain Research Station. Fire Sciences Laboratory.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls; Special Note: References

Plant Profile for Centaurea solstitialis - PLANTS Database
USDA. NRCS. National Plant Data Center.
Taxonomy; Photographs; Distribution; Legal Aspects

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State Government

Centaurea genus - EncycloWeedia
California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Yellow Starthistle Mapping Project
California Department of Food and Agriculture.
Photographs; Impact; Controls

Yellow Starthistle (PDF | 235 KB)
State of California. Plumas County. Plumas-Sierra Noxious Weeds Management Group.
Identification/Description; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls

Yellow Starthistle
Colorado Department of Agriculture. Noxious Weed Management Program.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Distribution; Controls

Yellow Starthistle - Idaho's Noxious Weeds
Idaho Association of Soil Conservation Districts. Idaho OnePlan.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution; Controls

Yellow Starthistle
State of Utah. Weber County Weed Abatement.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Habitat; Dispersion; Controls

Class B Noxious Weed: Yellow Starthistle
Washington State Noxious Weed Control Board.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Legal Aspects

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University/Academic

Yellow Starthistle - UC Pest Management Guidelines
University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Project.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Life Cycle; Control

Yellow Starthistle - Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States
University of Georgia. Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Distribution

Yellow Starthistle is Invading Nevada (PDF | 350 KB) and Yellow Starthistle Control in Nevada: An Integrated Approach to Invasive Weed Management (PDF | 743 KB)
University of Nevada - Reno. Cooperative Extension.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls

Invasive Weeds in Forest Land: Yellow Starthistle (PDF | 504 KB) and Managing Yellow Starthistle in Southwestern Oregon (PDF | 318 KB)
Oregon State University. Extension Service.
Photographs; Illustrations; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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International

Yellow Starthistle - Guide to Weeds in British Columbia
British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries (Canada).
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Centaurea solstitialis - Invasive Species Compendium
Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI).
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

Centaurea solstitialis (herb) - ISSG Global Invasive Species Database
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Controls

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Organizations

Centaurea solstitialis - Invasive Plants of California's Wildlands Book (2000)
California Invasive Plant Council.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Illustrations; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Yellow Starthistle
Colorado Weed Management Association.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion

Centaurea solstitialis
Discover Life.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Yellow Starthistle - IVM Technical Bulletin
Integrated Pest Management Information Service.
Identification/Description; Impacts; Life Cycle; Distribution; Controls

Yellow Starthistle
Montana Weed Control Association.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Dispersion; Controls

Yellow Star Thistle
Plant Conservation Alliance. Alien Plant Working Group.
Identification/Description; Photographs; Impacts; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls

Centaurea solstitialis
Texasinvasives.org.
Taxonomy; Identification/Description; Photographs; Introduction History; Impacts; Life Cycle; Habitat; Distribution; Dispersion; Controls; Special Note: References

Citations

Zouhar, K. 2002. Centaurea solstitialis. 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: Apr 16, 2014
 
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