Musk or nodding thistle is the most common type of thistle locally. The primary growth period is in the spring and summer. However, most seed germinate in the fall and form a rosette which grows close to the ground, often growing unnoticed until spring. The seed are easily carried by wind and spread to other areas.
The most important step in long-term control of thistle is to prevent flowering, and the production and spread of new seed. This can be done by mechanical or chemical control.
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