Cirsium occidentale venustum
Red Thistle and Venus Thistle.
Venus Thistle is a rather large, tomentose, ( covered with short, soft, matted, white hairs) biennial (sometimes annual) thistle with 1-2" bright red flowers. Very showy. Can grow to six feet tall. Sometimes it will live for one season, sometimes for 2-3.
It will generally die after it produces a full flower show. Prefers gravelly sand to loam. Rainfall 10-20 inches/year in winter. Hummingbirds and adult swallowtail butterflies are attracted to the flowers. Synonym: Cirsium proteanum .
Cirsium occidentale venustum tolerates sand and deer.
Cirsium occidentale venustum is great for a bird garden and a butterfly garden.
Cirsium occidentale venustum's foliage color is silver and type is deciduous.
Cirsium occidentale venustum's flower color is red.
Communities for Cirsium occidentale venustum:Chaparral, Coastal Sage Scrub, Joshua Tree Woodland, Mixed-evergreen Forest and Central Oak Woodland.
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