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A picture of a Plume Thistle

Plume Thistle

Cirsium spp.

Also known as


Cirsium vulgare spines1 (12400971663) by Harry Rose (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size





  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A Cirsium plant with spiky leaves
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A photo of Plume Thistle
A photo of Plume Thistle
A photo of Plume Thistle

Plume Thistle Overview

Cirsium is a genus of over 480 biennial and perennial species commonly known as Plume Thistles. Distribution ranges from Eurasia and Northern Africa to Northern America. This genus produces spiny thistle-like symmetrical flowers in purple, pink yellow or white colours and prickly leaves. Some species are also hairy and most are considered weeds. Other species are cultivated as garden plants, for their dramatic flowerheads and general attractiveness to a wide range of insects, they make good wildflower garden plants.

How to propagate Plume Thistle


You can propagate by division in the spring.


Seed in the autumn.

Other uses of Plume Thistle

Grown for its decorative flower heads.

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