Tennessee Smart Yards Native Plants

A comprehensive database of Tennessee native plants

Swamp Thistle

Swamp Thistle

Cirsium muticum

Full to part sun, wet to moderately wet moisture level, sandy or loamy soil, alkaline pH.  4 ft. height, blooms summer into fall, purple flowers.

Germination Code:  ?

Native Region:  Isolated counties in Middle and East Tennessee

Biennial.  This is a wetland plant in Tennessee.  Occurs naturally in wet soils in meadows, marshes, swamps, bogs and open woods.   Designated a noxious weed in some states.  Attracts butterflies and bees.


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