Hairy/prickly 'weed' with thorns. Looks like a dandelion leaf

mookiyApril 30, 2010

Hi everyone. I'm new to this forum, but have a question about this weed in my front lawn that was removed. At first glance, it looked like a dandelion, but upon closer inspection, it was not. I've tried googling for it with no luck. Maybe your plethora of planty knowledge can help me out.

Key features:

- Hairy / prickly leaves with thorns, notably on the tip of the leaf.

- Thorns were generally about 1cm, very thin and white.

- Grows a lot like a dandelion (in that same style of a bunch of leaves from one root area)

- Color is green/dark green

- IMO kind of ugly looking

It was growing on this kind of dirt mound around a tree (I dont know landscaping terminology). Apparently it likes the dirt mound since I found a spawn not too far from it; but the rest of the yard is normal grass.

Enclosed is a link to the pic:

http://yfrog.com/7d58363420j

I took it from my cellphone before getting it removed so sorry bout the quality. I assure you there are thorns and it definitely hurts. :U

Here is a link that might be useful: PIC: Prickly beast with thorns

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jeanne

It's Cirsium vulgare, bull thistle.

Here is a link that might be useful: Google image results

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 8:37PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

It's a thistle. Uggg...

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 8:37PM
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anitamo(5)

Some type of thistle I believe.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 8:37PM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Likes dirt mounds. I pulled some out of a topsoil pile today. Dig yours out before it gets bigger and even better able to pierce gloves and skin.

    Bookmark   April 30, 2010 at 11:09PM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

More importantly if your don't want more thistles is to get rid of the plant before it blooms. The bull thistle is a biennial which means it has a 2 year life cycle. It blooms in its second year and you have a second year plant.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   May 1, 2010 at 9:06AM
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