Musk Thistle (Nodding Thistle)

Photo of musk thistle showing fuzzy purple flowers on tall, prickly stems

An invasive native of Eurasia that is spreading in Missouri, musk thistle is a plant you should know. Learn how to tell the difference between our native thistles and these bad guys. Our native thistles have strongly whitened undersides to the leaves, whereas this thistle (like other exotic thistles) has both sides of the leaves the same color.

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