Cirsium vulgare

Spear Thistle at Watson, ACT

Cirsium vulgare at Watson, ACT - 3 Jul 2023
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Cirsium vulgare 3 Jul 2023 waltraud

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In grassy woodland; this site was previously treated for Cleavers but also for Spear Thistle and Buchan Weed; there are few annual herbaceous weeds growing now at this site but they are of large size since they benefit from less competition in a high-nutrient soil environment (my guess). The replacement herbs are mostly annual exotic grasses the hope is native ground-cover species such as Kidney Weed will move in over time.

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HelenCross wrote:
   3 Jul 2023
Wow, that's a big rosette!

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Location information

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 3 Jul 2023 01:29 PM Recorded on
  • waltraud Recorded by

Species information

  • Cirsium vulgare Scientific name
  • Spear Thistle Common name
  • Not Sensitive
  • Exotic
  • Medium Weed or Pest
  • Up to 1389.77m Recorded at altitude
  • 148 images trained Machine learning
  • In flower

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