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

Posted by mookiy Near Philly, PA (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 30, 10 at 19:24

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

Some type of thistle I believe.


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

It's a thistle. Uggg...


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

It's Cirsium vulgare, bull thistle.

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


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

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Fri, Apr 30, 10 at 23:09

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.


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

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


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