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Onopordum acanthium (Cotton thistle, Scotch thistle), is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to Europe and Western Asia from the Iberian Peninsula east to Kazakhstan, and north to central Scandinavia, and widely naturalised elsewhere. It is a vigorous biennial plant with coarse, spiny leaves and conspicuous spiny-winged stems.
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1. biennial Eurasian white hairy thistle having pale purple flowers; naturalized in North America
(synonym) cotton thistle, woolly thistle, Onopordum acanthium, Onopordon acanthium
(member-holonym) Onopordum, genus Onopordum, Onopordon, genus Onopordon
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