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Onopordum acanthium

Cotton Thistle

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Common name

Cotton Thistle, Scotch Thistle


Scientific name

Onopordum acanthium L.


Conservation status and threats

Not protected species in Bulgaria.


Description and identification

Biennial herbaceous plant. Flowering June - August. Height up to 2,5 m.


Distribution in Bulgaria

In all floristic regions up to 1500 m a.s.l. [Delipavlov et al., 2003].


General distribution

Native in Europe, North Africa and Asia Wikipedia.



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