Cirsium proteanum
Cirsium occidentale var. venustum Hummingbird on Cirsium proteanum, Red Thistle
Common Name Red Thistle, Cobwebby Thistle, Venus Thistle
Latin Name Cirsium proteanum or occidentale
Native Habitat 0 to 5,000 feet in central and southern California
Soil Dry, decomposed granite or sand preferred, low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month
Height X Width 6 feet X 1 foot
Protective Mechanism Spines
Leaves Deciduous
Garden Suitability Hummingbird, Songbird, Butterfly
Ornamental Value Red flowers in spring, dies after it produces
Nature Value Attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and birds
Native American Uses Flower eaten
Links  
    Images http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1300139696031231910PNEhFk
    Images, nursery, and data http://www.laspilitas.com/plants/206.htm
    Images http://calphotos.berkeley.edu/cgi/img_query?query_src=&seq_num=19224&one=T
    Distribution http://plants.usda.gov/java/nameSearch?mode=Scientific+Name&keywordquery=Cirsium+proteanum
    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wq2r7zE6vEE
    Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3pxweYf4gA&feature=related
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