Curly Plumeless Thistle

Curly Plumeless Thistle Plant Information

Curly Plumeless Thistle grows in the following 18 states:

Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Vermont, West Virginia, Arkansas, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Virginia

The plant is found from Southwestern Europe, through Scandinavia and Siberia, to Eastern Asia. It is also found in the disputed region of Kashmir.Carduus crispus, the curly plumeless thistle or welted thistle, is a biennial herb in the Asteraceae-daisy family. It is native to Europe and Asia.

The species and genus is a favorite foodplant of caterpillars of the Painted Lady butterfly (Vanessa cardui), which derives its specific epithet, cardui, from their preference for Carduus thistles. It is also used by bees for honey production.
Extracts from this plant have been found to have anti-cancer properties,[medical citation needed] the main one of which being crispine B.
It is said to hold restorative and anodyne properties in its roots.[medical citation needed]
Carduus crispus is an introduced species in North America, and a noxious weed in several U.S. states, including West Virginia.

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