Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Carolina Thistle at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Carolina Thistle, Spring Thistle, Soft Thistle
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Involucres 0.6-0.8" high, bracts appressed, only outer with short spines, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
COMPARE involucral bracts of Thistles
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_c_carolinianum_61
Corollas pink-purple (white), throats noticeably wider than tubes, per Flora of North America.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaf margins spiny
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p131
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p284
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p333
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p185