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Common Sowthistle

Natural History

Common Sowthistle is a member of the Sunflower Family. The plant grows to 5 feet in height and has dark creen leaves with 1-3 lobes which clasp the stem of the plant and grow to 7 inches in length. The plant typically grows along roadsides and in disturbed soils at elevations between 150 - 7000 feet.

Common Sowthistle was introduced to the southwest from Europe.

Common Sowthistle blooms between February - November and produces a yellow dandelion-like flower (only somewhat flatter on top) to 1.25 inches in width that is followed by white seed head.

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