|purple starthistle|| USDA PLANTS Symbol: CECA2
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
|Centaurea calcitrapa L.|
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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Asterales: Asteraceae
|Synonym(s): red starthistle|
|Native Range: Africa, temp. Asia, Europe (GRIN);|
Purple starthistle is a biennial to perennial plant. It grows 2 to 3 ft. (0.6-0.9 m) tall. The stems and leaves are covered with fine hairs. Lower and basal leaves are divided or deeply lobed. Leaves become less divided toward the apex of the plant. Flowering occurs from July to October, when purple to pink blooms develop at the ends of the stems. Floral bracts are tipped with 1 in. (2.5 cm) long, straw colored spines. A native of southern Europe, purple starthistle produces prolific seeds and often invades floodplains, dry forests and grasslands. This plant is common in many western states and may occasionally be found in some Midwestern and Mid-Atlantic States.
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State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.
|Invasive Listing Sources:|
|California Invasive Plant Council|
|Faith Campbell, 1998|
|Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007|
|John Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Survey of TNC Preserves, 1995.|