- Carthamus lanatus is a winter annual forb that can grow up to 3.3 ft. (1 m) tall.
- Stem leaves are alternate, pinnate, stiff, and covered in small hairs. Base of the leaves lack petioles and weakly clasp stems. Basal leaves are like the stem leaves but larger.
- Flowers are disk shaped, yellow, 1-1.4 in. (25-35 mm) long. Receptacles are cone- shaped. Blooming occurs from July to August.
- Fruit is brown, oblong, 0.16-0.24 in. (4-6 mm) long, and notched near the base. Seeds are brownish in color, narrow, and 0.4-0.5 in. (10-13 mm) long.
- Ecological Threat
- Carthamus lanatus prefers disturbed areas such as roadsides, fields, and pastures. It is native to the Mediterranean and Europe.
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Invasive Listing Sources
|Common Name Reference:|| USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.|
|Scientific Name Reference:||USDA, NRCS. 2010. The PLANTS Database. National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.|