Russian thistle

Salsola tragus

Weed Characteristics

Other Names: tumbling thistle, tumbleweed, prickly Russian thistle

Leaf Type: Broadleaf

Flowers: Greenish to pinkish-white

Leaves: Green, needle-like, spine-tipped

Life Cycle: Summer annual

Young plants have small, succulent leaves. As plants grow, they develop thorns on both stems and leaves. Typically 2 ft tall and up to 3 ft wide. Tiny flowers lack petals. Tolerates drought, salt and alkaline soils.

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