Onopordum illyricum

Onopordum illyricum_C056-05
Photo courtesy UC Davis Weeds of California

Common names: Illyerian thistle

Onopordum illyricum (Illyerian thistle) is a biennial herb/ (family Asteraceae) with purple flowers and prickly toothed leaves found in the central coast ranges of California. It is native to southeastern Europe. It favors grasslands and riparian and bottomland habitat. It spreads via seeds equipped with fine hairs. The seeds spread via wind, water, wool, vehicles and clothing.

Cal-IPC Rating: Watch

Cal-IPC Assessment

Plant Risk Assessment - An evaluation of the potential for a plant to be invasive in California.

Weed Management Notes

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Other Onopordum illyricum Information

  • CalPhotos - Images of plants taken mostly in California.
  • Calflora - See the distribution of this species on Calflora's map of California.
  • Jepson Online Interchange for California Flora - Information on taxonomy, biology, and distribution from UC Berkeley's Jepson Herbarium.
  • CDFA - California official noxious weeds.
  • USDA PLANTS Database - Federal database with information on identification and distribution, and links to websites in individual states.