Source: California Invasive Plant Council


URL of this page: http://www.cal-ipc.org/ip/management/plant_profiles/Carthamus_lanatus.php

Carthamus lanatus (woolly distaff thistle)

Carthamus lanatus
Carthamus lanatus
Photo courtesy Joseph DiTomaso

Carthamus lanatus (woolly distaff thistle) is a winter annual forb (family Asteraceae) found in disturbed open sites, roadsides, pastures, annual grasslands, and waste areas. Its spiny foliage can injure livestock. It is primarily found in the northern coast ranges of California.

Cal-IPC Inventory rating: Moderate

Cal-IPC Resources on Carthamus lanatus

Cal-IPC News Articles

  • None for this species.

Cal-IPC Symposium Proceedings

  • Cooper, V. K. and B. J. Moritsch (1999). Weeding the wilderness: Non-native plant management at Point Reyes National Seashore. California Exotic Pest Plant Council Symposium '99. Sacramento, CA.
  • DiTomaso, J. M. (2004). 2004 Cal-IPC Red Alert! New invasions, recent expansions, and a few others to be on the look-out for. California Invasive Plant Council Symposium 2004. Ventura, CA.

Other Resources on Carthamus lanatus

  • USDA PLANTS database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from the UC Berkeley Jepson Herbarium.
  • CalFlora - Distribution information by county based on submitted observations and herbarium specimens.
  • Encycloweedia - Plants rated as noxious weeds by the California Department of Food and Agriculture.
  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.