Sp. Pl. 911 (1753) APNI
Ascending, rhizomatous perennial to 1 m high. Basal leaves oblanceolate, to 25 cm long, 5 cm wide, entire to pinnatifid, acute, surfaces scabrous, margins undulate; cauline leaves lanceolate to oblong, 1–8 cm long, 2–10 mm wide, entire or sparsely toothed, acute, sometimes cobwebbed below, obscurely petiolate. Capitula solitary, broad-ovoid, 12–15 mm diam.; involucre 14–18 mm long; intermediate bracts ovate, glabrous, with a dark brown to blackish pectinate terminal appendage 2–4 mm long; inner involucral bracts longer but terminal appendage less deeply cut. Corolla 15–20 mm long, pale purple. Cypselas 3–4 mm long, pale brown, obscurely ribbed; pappus of bristles c. 1 mm long or absent. Flowers mainly spring and summer.
*CVU, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised SA. Native to Europe. A declared noxious weed in Victoria where found sporadically on roadsides, in pasture and other disturbed sites.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||introduced|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||naturalised|
|Northern Inland Slopes||present||cultivated|