thistle (Carduus nutans L.) is a common noxious
weed in Nebraska. It is also known as nodding thistle.
The deep reddish purple flowers are large and attractive.
The head is solitary on the end of the stem and nods
or hangs down as it grows in size.
weed is a legal term used to identify harmful weeds
so they can be regulated. The Nebraska Director of
Agriculture establishes which plants are noxious.
weeds are non-native plants that can reproduce quickly
and take over an entire area.
noxious weeds aren't controlled they can affect the
production of crops, livestock and can even make land
order to control musk thistle, you must keep it from
developing seeds. Each plant can produce up to 20,000
thistle is primarily a biennial weed and normally
requires two growing seasons to complete its life
cycle. The photo above shows the musk thistle in its
rosette stage and as a mature plant.
is Noxious Weed Awareness Month. Nebraska
Governor Dave Heineman signed a proclamation declaring
June as Noxious Weed Awareness Month, while recognizing
the potential noxious weeds have to reduce Nebraskas
crop yields. MORE
Awareness Insert - NEBLINE
Thistle - University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension
County Weed Control Web site