Perennial thistle control option
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Perennial thistle

Cirsium arvense

Weed profile

  • Perennial
  • Herb
  • Habitat: pastures


Competes with pastures.


  • Perennial herb with extensive root system.
  • Stems erect, ridged.
  • Leaves in a basal rosette, with wavy, spiny margins and white-woolly underneath.
  • Flower heads red-purple to pink, and surrounded by layers of purplish bracts.
  • Seeds smooth and shiny with a ring of feathery white hairs.

Control options

Legal requirements in each region

To find out which landscape region you're in visit the NatureMaps website.

Alinytjara Wiluṟara

Eyre Peninsula

Green Adelaide

Hills and Fleurieu

Kangaroo Island

Limestone Coast

Murraylands and Riverland

Northern and Yorke

South Australian Arid Lands

Page Last Reviewed: 06 Sep 2021
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