In cases of the varieties mentioned above, intoxication can be cumulative and lead to a variety of clinical signs. In cropland, Canada thistle causes extensive yield losses through competition for light, nutrients, and moisture. In 2002, the Colorado Department of Agriculture surveyed counties and while incomplete, the results showed more than 100,000 acres infested with Canada thistle (Figure 1).”. In Canada, the major impact of Cirsium arvense is in agricultural land, and in natural areas that have been disturbed or are undergoing restoration (White et al. Similar plants: Stems of Canada thistle are not spiny in contrast to bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare) and nodding thistle (Carduus nutans). Nope, I’m still on the cavalier side — at least as Canadian thistle compares to other weeds. “Why is it a noxious weed? On what basis should folks like you be more or less cavalier? And that means many phone calls and people upset because they believe the county weed authority, the local natural resources district and the parks department aren’t doing their job. The problem is … ECOLOGICAL THREAT: Natural communities that are threatened by Canada thistle include non-forested plant communities such as prairies, barrens, savannas, glades, sand dunes, fields and meadows that have been impacted by disturbance. Canada thistle is an aggressively spreading perennial weed that has deep, creeping roots which make it difficult and time-consuming to remove. That’s up to you, but if you’re serious about invasive plants then you shouldn’t follow them blindly. Do not pull Canada thistle out, as this can split the root, which causes two Canada thistles to grow back. Tall thistle flowers in August and September in eastern Nebraska. It is a major concern in the Peace … Please subscribe to keep reading. These have been designated as noxious weeds, which landowners are required to control. Still not convinced. Please click hereto see a distribution map of Canada thistle in Washington. “Impacts Agricultural: Canada thistle is an aggressive, creeping, perennial weed. How can one differentiate between fact and baseless opinion when no actual research is presented as is the case with the danger stated of thistle to pasture. Biennial thistles spread only by seed (achenes) that are produced in great number by all the noxious species, ra… Obviously the selection process varies widely from state to state. Species diversity in an “undisturbed” Colorado grassland was inversely proportional to the relative frequency of Canada thistle (Stachion and Zimdahl 1980). But why is it so tough to get rid of Canada thistle and what is the best way to do so? There's a difference between a good thistle and a bad one. Most of the seeds germinate within a year, but some may remain viable in the soil for up to … Canada thistle is a cool season perennial which spreads by seed and vegetatively by creeping roots. Field bindweed has also been around since colonial times. You can cancel at any time. There are more, but I stopped on page 3 of the 120 page result of the google .edu search. Even research can be suspect if, as Jeff points out, the thistle isn’t being compared with other weeds as opposed to pristine growing conditions. Where you find tall thistle you usually find bees and butterflies and birds, Meyer said. See more. ), From the Minnesota pdf referenced above: And although I greatly value your opinion, my skepticism dictates more facts and figures before I’d sign a petition to remove canada thistle from the noxious weed list. Thistles reduce the use of an area for grazing or recreational purposes because of the prominent spines on leaves, stalks, and blooms. These prickles are an adaptation that protects the plant from being eaten by herbivores. It releases chemicals toxic to other plants. Virginia is a prime example in that there are only two weeds listed yet neighboring North Carolina, with very similar climate and growing conditions, lists over a hundred. Once established, it spreads quickly replacing native plants. Prickles can also occur all over the plant – on the stem and on the flat parts of the leaves. About half the calls to Meyer’s office this month are from people reporting stands of musk thistle, a noxious weed. Canada thistle is common in pastures and croplands. In gardens, flower beds, and lawns, Canada thistle’s extensive root system makes it a hassle to control. Cirsium arvense is a perennial species of flowering plant in the family Asteraceae, native throughout Europe and western Asia, northern Africa and widely introduced elsewhere. In some cases it may lead to cuts and sometimes infections — but it’s not toxic. I’ll leave it to others more qualified than I am to further debate the relative merits of why or why not a more cavalier (heh!) Many of these references simply state what noxious is supposed to mean and provide no evidence that Canadian thistle actually fits the definition — that’s not helpful and doesn’t prove anything. which damages corn (Detmers 1927). Add livestock and dairy interests, and I think you’re tilting at windmills with your fellows on the committee. It is difficult to control because its extensive root system allows it to recover from control attempts. But it wasn’t musk thistle growing near the creek. 2nd Cite for Pennsylvania: It also increases harvesting problems due to seed and forage contamination. I make a distinction between noxious and invasive, first off. Canada thistle invades natural areas such as prairies, savannas, open areas in forests, and dunes if some degree of disturbance already exists. “The state regulations of the Kentucky Seed Law classify certain plants such as Canada thistle, johnsongrass, and quackgrass as noxious weeds and prohibit their presence in commercial seed sold in Kentucky.”, National Park Service: “By 1795, Vermont enacted noxious weed legislation against Canada thistle and, in the early 1900’s, the currently named Noxious Weed Act gave a person the right to eradicate this species wherever they found it without fear of trespassing. Generally, infestations start on disturbed ground, including ditch banks, overgrazed pastures, tilled fields or abandoned sites. These unwanted plants are often more aggressive than existing or desired forage species and compete for light, water, and nutrients. Of the 11 on the Minnesota list, can you rank them, and tell us why or why not they should be on there? This list includes tansy ragwort, yellow starthistle, Russian knapweed, Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense), poison hemlocks, field bindweed, houndstongue, Scotchbroom (Cytisus scoparius), horsetails, leafy spurge, black henbane (Hyoscyamus niger), Klamath weed or St. Johnswort, kochia, yellow toadflax or butter-and-eggs (Linaria vulgaris), silverleaf nightshade (Solanum elaeagnifolium), and puncture vine.”, Colorado: “Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is an aggressive, creeping perennial weed that infests crops, pastures, rangeland, roadsides and noncrop areas. Tall thistle is often found in drainage ditches and wetland areas and not in pastures. Thickets of thistle crowd out forage grasses in pastures and rangelands, reducing crop yields and productivity. In cropland, Canada thistle causes extensive yield losses through competition for light, nutrients, and moisture. Plants primarily regrow and spread from rhizomes, but infestations can also start from seed. By law, these weeds must be controlled on all public and private lands.”. Canada thistle can reproduce by seed and has male and female flowers on separate plants. They were quiet, pretty, often-mowed places that gave us green and shade in the urban env…. So here’s Ray: Here is a brief summary of the results of a google search of .edu and .gov or .us sites on the subject of Canada thistle or Cirsium arvense as a noxious weed, examining the “whys” by a mostly volunteer* Master Gardener reliant on published literature by reputable sources and charged with fulfilling the Land Grant University charter to bring science based information to the local level. Canada thistle is a creeping perennial that reproduces from vegetative buds in its root system and from seed. 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It has its community niches to fill, its services to the system to do. native to Europe and Asia introduced to Canada as a contaminant of a crop seed in the early 1600s has spread throughout most of the continental United States and Alaska Why is it Bad? (* about $6500 of my annual salary and benefits comes from fulfilling Master Gardener responsibilities. 3. Other Montana crops seriously threatened by Canada thistle include peas, corn, beans, alfalfa and sugar beets. In Montana, it is estimated that two shoots per square yard can reduce wheat yield by 15 percent and 25 shoots per square yard can reduce wheat yield by 60 percent. Its root system can be extensive, growing horizontally as much as 18 feet in one season (Nuzzo 1998). These seeds … It is also known as cursed thistle, probably due to the fact that chopping the roots with a plow effectively spreads the thistle across a field. As it establishes itself in an area, Canada thistle crowds out and replaces native plants, changes the structure and species composition of natural plant communities and reduces plant and animal diversity. It actually came from Europe. It reproduces through both seed and root regeneration, but the latter is the most successful. It was a look-alike relative -- the innocuous tall thistle -- which is a friend to bumblebees and long-horned bees and butterflies, said Superintendent Brent Meyer. Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott has a Ph.D. in Horticulture from Oregon State University and is an ISA certified arborist and an ASCA consulting arborist. If treated properly and in a timely manner using medication and intravenous … An Oligarchcal Committee of Horticulturists unswayed and uswayable by political interests? You emphasize the economic costs of control, while downplaying the economic costs of non-control to the Ag industry. Isn’t that the point of these lists to begin with? They are not on our list but I’ve had enough pain from them to consider them Devil’s spawn! Basically the citations above point out that this stuff is a weed — which we already knew — I just don’t see this information raising Canadian thistle to the level of noxious weed. (Of course, the goldfinches would disagree with me!). It stores food energy in its extensive root system both to survive the winter and to fuel the plant's reproductive drive the following season. In Bulgaria Cirsium arvense is a host for the cucumber mosaic virus (Dikova 1989). The complicated issue of heavy metals in residential soils, part 1: What are toxic heavy metals, and where do they come from? “Noxious weeds are found in range and pasture as well as noncrop areas and cropland. (When we first moved here, the place was overrun with thistles. “Threats: Canada thistle’s rapid growth aggressively competes with native plants and crops for nutrients, moisture and light. Books: http://www.sustainablelandscapesandgardens.com This year, perhaps because of a wet fall a year ago, tall thistle is abundant, said Meyer. Weeds can also diminish the quality and palatability of the forage available for livestock grazing, and certain weed species are potentially poisonous to grazing animals. “PROBLEM: The extensive root system of Canada thistle allows it to out-compete and displace many native species, especially in degraded prairies where native species are not well established. Canada Thistle Where Did it Come From? Linda’s contribution to gardeners was recognized in 2017 by the Association for Garden Communicators as the first recipient of their Cynthia Westcott Scientific Writing Award. Because of its contribution to the persistence of the weed, Canada thistle's extensive root system must be the target of an effective control program. 4. We (the people of this country) only have so much in the way of resources to combat invasive plants and noxious weeds, so we need to do our best to focus our efforts where it really matters. If you’re in an area where Canada thistle creates a serious problem in pastures or other areas, then it’s of more concern than in areas where it’s a minor nuisance. There was a problem saving your notification. Mowing or pulling this weed is not effective because it grows again from vegetative buds on the roots. Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is a root-creeping perennial. When thistle starts sprouting in their yards, some determine to never use this feed again. In the U.S., it is a host for bean aphid and stalk borer, insects that affect corn and tomatoes (Moore 1975), and for sod-web worm (Crampus sp.) Musk thistle flowers in May and June in the eastern part of the state. If Dr. Chalker-Scott can use noxious weed lists as a standard against which to judge permaculture practices, on what basis should folks like me be more or less cavalier about them? Can we ignore these lists, based on what you say here? Beyond that, I am sure Canadian thistle has plenty of uses and value in ecosystems. I have to agree with Jeff’s first comment. I think you’ll find that the answer is emerging weed problems rather than weeds which have been here for almost 400 years. The wind-dispersed seeds may remain viable for 20 years or more, allowing it to spread quickly and making it difficult to eradicate.”. How Did it Get Here? Personally, I say destroy every one of the nasty things you see. Serious problem should equal active efforts to limit the spread. Most Canada thistle patches spread at a rate of 3-6 feet/year, crowding out more desirable species and creating thistle monocultures. You have permission to edit this article. It poses an economic threat to the agriculture industry by reducing crop yields.”, Virginia: As an analogy, You can call yourself a race car driver, but that doesn’t make you one, and I wouldn’t believe you are one without some kind of proof — like an article showing how well you’d done in a race last week. Her latest effort is an update of Art Kruckeberg’s Gardening with Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest from UW Press (2019). Spreading both by seed and rhizome, Canada thistle can create monocultures covering large areas. Because he has a lot of links to research in his response, I thought it should have its own posting. Why is Canada thistle so tenacious? Tall thistle has silver color on the underside of its leaves. At this time of year perennial weeds begin moving carbohydrates f…, Fall’s cooler temperatures, increased moisture and reduced humidity allow properly planted trees to establish their root systems quickly, givi…, For decades, Lincoln city parks were turf and trees. She conducts research in applied plant and soil sciences, publishing the results in scientific articles and university Extension fact sheets. “In alfalfa stands grown for seed production, Canada thistle can reduce yield by 48 percent. 2nd cite Colorado: because of their invasive nature.”. Should you ignore the lists? Only recently have the harmful impacts of Canada thistle to native species and natural ecosystems received notable attention.”, Idaho: The plant is beneficial for pollinators that rely on nectar. Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device. Canada thistle is a perennial that spreads by seed and an underground system of vertical and horizontal roots. Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense) is a persistent perennial weed that causes significant crop yield losses. Others will disagree. Sorry, Jeff. In general, thistle consumption isn’t ideal. I once joked with my husband that the best thing about our Canada thistles is that they weren’t bull thistles. Deer tend to avoid it, though. From Montana: Not Your Average Thistle The key to Canada thistle's weediness is its root system. Troublesome statewide noxious weeds like Canada thistle, leafy spurge, perennial sow thistle, Russian knapweed, and hoary cress can be serious problems in pasture and rangeland.”. Infestations reduce crop yield through competition for water, nutrients and minerals (Malicki and Berbeciowa 1986) and interfere with harvest (Boldt 1981). Purple loosestrife has been established for over 200 years, and is quite beautiful, with medicinal properties. This time of year musk thistle is usually dried up and has fallen over, Meyer said. As mentioned earlier, they thrive in disturbed soils.) Canada Thistle is not from Canada. Kentucky: “Weeds can reduce the quantity and the stand life of desirable forage plants in pastures and hayfields. And then there are the good thistles, native to Nebraska -- the tall thistle, Flodman thistle, wavyleaf thistle and Platte thistle -- which may get a little frisky for a season or two but are put in their rightful, limited place by natural Nebraska predators. Bob Rodgers at Survivopedia has an article on Why You Need to Use Thistle for Food and Medicine. This isn’t intended to be a defense of Canadian thistle- only a statement of a desire for a more scientific evaluation. Jimsonweed and poison ivy are native and on many state lists. I’ll leave cannabis out the discussion, for obvious reasons, but I don’t think it should be “up to me” to decide these things. Linda also is the award-winning author of five books: the horticultural myth-busting The Informed Gardener (2008) and The Informed Gardener Blooms Again (2010) from the University of Washington Press and Sustainable Landscapes and Gardens: Good Science – Practical Application (2009) from GFG Publishing, Inc., and How Plants Work: The Science Behind the Amazing Things Plants Do from Timber Press (2015). The horse people I have only a nodding acquaintance with, are the Point-to-Point Steeplechase folks of the DC exurbs in Virginia. Canada thistle. Advancing the science of gardening and other stuff since 2009. Livestock owners hate it and see it only as an invasive plant, especially since few domestic animals will feed on it. “Some noxious or invasive weeds are highly toxic to equines, however, and can cause tremendous problems if allowed to invade horse pastures. Heavy infestations are also commonly found in overgrazed pastures and ranges and may crowd-out and replace native grasses and forbs, decreasing species diversity in an area. The standard English name in its native area is creeping thistle. Stay up-to-date on the latest in local and national government and political topics with our newsletter. Seed production is usually completed in early July. It helps heal land by keeping people and livestock off it, for one thing! In non-cropland ecosystems, Canada thistle can crowd out and replace native grasses and forbs limiting land’s recreational use. Livestock do not eat thistles and will not graze between thistle plants on more desirable forage (Batra 1982).”, Invasive.org (linked from .gov sites): Musk thistles flower in May and June and don't have any silver on their leaves. aggressive root spread crowds out "The Garden Professors" Facebook page - www.facebook.com/TheGardenProfessors Brent Meyer, Lancaster County Weed Control Authority superintendent, provided photos of those weeds considered noxious and required to be cont…, Fall is the best time of year to control troublesome weeds in the landscape. Flowers are pink, bristly, 1/2 inch long and wide. The points from Invasive.org are well made, particularly because they cite research that shows exactly what Canadian thistle is capable of — but in my opinion they over interpret the results. Many states list more than a hundred noxious weeds and others only list a few. But it is more of a bushy plant. It grows in circular patches, spreading vegetatively through roots which can spread 10 -12′ in one season. It’s commonly accepted that the time to stop a weed is when it first appears. 1. Biennial thistles, such as musk (Carduus nutans L.), plumeless (Carduus acanthoides L.) and bull thistle [Cirsium vulgare (Savi) Tenore], are not as difficult to control as the perennial thistle species, but spread rapidly and can become severe problems in some areas. Canada thistle definition, an Old World plant, Cirsium arvense, having small purple or white flower heads, now a troublesome weed in North America. The thistle gained a bad reputation when people interacted with its prickles and when it made its way onto their properties. It also invades wet areas with fluctuating water levels such as streambanks, sedge meadows, and wet prairies. View all posts by Linda Chalker-Scott. The reference from Montana points out that two thistles per square yard can have a significant effect on the growth of crops — I certainly believe that, but then many other weeds will do the same thing so I don’t see why that information should make this weed significantly worse than others. We had a pretty bad outbreak of Canada Thistle (which is a deemed noxious weed in Washington state) a few years ago in our garden. 2. Date of U.S. Introduction: 1600s . Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. One morning this month the county’s weed superintendent got a call from a golfer who said he'd spotted musk thistle, the noxious weed with the pinkish purple flower, near the sixth fairway at HiMark Golf Course. Generally these good thistles attract butterflies, sometimes bees, and their seeds are eaten by songbirds. It also increases harvesting problems due to seed and forage contamination. It is known to harbor other pest species, e.g., insects, and has long been recognized as an agricultural est. Canada thistle is diecious, which means male and female flowers occur on separate plants. Controlling Canada thistle organically is done with a sharp eye and an even sharper pair of scissors. While Canada thistle is the main problem species in this section, there are several other weeds we aim to eliminate such as bindweed, creeping purslane, and pigweed, which have been treated and will be observed as well. Infestations of Scotch thistle reduce forage production and virtually prohibit land utilization for livestock She is WSU’s Extension Urban Horticulturist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture, and holds two affiliate associate professor positions at University of Washington. approach other than current government regulatory action is or is not warranted. then {{format_dollars}}{{start_price}}{{format_cents}} per month. Tall thistles, with silvery leaves, flower in August and September and are a good thistle. I'm sure its tap root is quite good for loosening and building soil. This time of the year the blooming plant is likely tall thistle, a good thistle, a native thistle. There are the bad thistles -- the musk thistle, the plumeless thistle and the Canada thistle, all with purplish flowers -- which came from other countries without their natural predators to … Canada thistle, flowers in South Dakota - Photo by Chris Evans; University of Illinois. Garlic mustard has been here since colonial times and is on many lists, and makes a fine pesto. The aesthetic value of a pasture is also impacted by weeds. Symptoms of toxicity can range from weakness to convulsions and should be considered a serious medical condition. Canada thistle invades natural communities primarily through vegetative expansion, and secondarily through seedling establishment. In addition to reducing forage and pasture production, Canada thistle may scratch grazing animals, resulting in small infections (Moore 1975).”, Washington State: Grazing animals will not eat anywhere near where Canada Thistle grows, so if you own horses or cows, a bad infestation of Canada Thistle in your pastures can cause problems. “THREATS POSED BY THIS SPECIES: Natural areas invaded by Cirsium arvense include prairies and other grasslands in the midwest and Great Plains and riparian areas in the intermountain west. While Canada thistle (not surprisingly) grows throughout much of Canada, this weed also thrives in most of the U.S., as well as Europe and Asia. So that’s the plant most people are seeing now. “In the Northeast, several weeds including bull and musk thistle, Canada thistle, purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), mile-a-minute (Polygonum perfoliatum), and garlic mustard (Allaria petifolia) are receiving attention [for biological control efforts – ed.] It infests crops, pastures, rangelands, roadsides, and riparian areas (Beck 1996). In Canada and the U.S., it is considered one of the most tenacious and economically important agricultural weeds, but only in recent years has it been recognized as a problem in natural areas. Tall thistles, with silvery leaves, flower in August and September and are a good thistle. Canada thistle is a perennial plant with an extensive horizontal and vertical rhizome and root system, which can spread 15′ wide and 6-15′ deep. So what is the objective, neutral, criteria that qualifies one weed as noxious, and another not? Ray Eckhart, Master Gardener and loyal blog reader, wrote a long response to Alan’s request for research for the ongoing debate on Canada thistle started a few weeks ago by Jeff. Bull thistles (Cirsium vulgare) are exactly that – bullish. Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years. Email notifications are only sent once a day, and only if there are new matching items. This may be partially due to the extensive taproot in many broadleaf weeds that allow them to remain green longer into the dry season, thereby appearing potentially attractive to horses grazing in poor pastures. Both natural and human caused disturbances can create the opportunity for Canada thistle to become established in natural communities.”, Ohio: Home Systems are a hot holiday gift list item – GRO Big Red, The complicated issue of heavy metals in residential soils, part 2: How plant species and environmental variables complicate the issue – The Garden Professors™. So Meyer is hoping a little education will help people distinguish between good and bad thistles with pinkish-purple flowers. This highly invasive thistle prevents the coexistence of other plant species through shading, competition for soil resources and possibly through the release of chemical toxins poisonous to other plants. In pastures, Canada thistle reduces productivity by crowding out forage species with spiny leaves that deter cattle from grazing. It produces nitrate, which can be toxic to your horse if ingested in large quantities. Note the running roots, which can persist and keep sprouting even through a year or two of frequent pulling or spraying with herbicide. She also is one of the Garden Professors – a group of academic colleagues who educate and entertain through their blog and Facebook pages. So, to go to Ray’s question about a cavalier attitude, my opinion is it varies just as widely as the state decision making process. It was introduced to North America in the 1600s, probably in agricultural seed shipments and is now widespread throughout the United States and Canada. Considered noxious under the BC Weed Control Act, Canada thistle is commonly found on roadsides, cultivated fields, pastures, logged forests, riverbanks, and other disturbed areas. Organic Canada Thistle Control. In 2018 Linda was featured in a video series – The Science of Gardening – produced by The Great Courses. “Ecological: Canada thistle spreads rapidly through horizontal roots, which give rise to shoots (Moore 1975). A combination of mowing and herbicides is best, Eckberg said. Additionally, plants can spread by growing in circular … If the political process is not the way that legal definitions are made, what do you propose as an alternative? Persistence is imperative so the weed is continually stressed, forcing it to exhaust root nutrient stores and eventually die.Canada thistle (Cir… Canada Thistle is also a food source for the engrailed moth. At the time I didn't even think to … Canada thistle produces an abundance of bristly-plumed seeds which are easily dispersed by the wind. One reference points out that Canadian thistle is toxic to horses — that’s wrong. Some callers are insistent that this is musk thistle, the evil plant that chokes out all other plants, covers pastures and range land with inedible spiny plants. 3-6 feet/year, crowding out forage grasses in pastures and hayfields harder to control is!, nutrients, and only if there are new matching items — at as... 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