Salsola tragus

Russian Thistle

Plant Name Russian Thistle
Scientific name Salsola tragus
Family Salsola
Location Salt Marsh
Flowering Period July-October
Identifying Characteristics Bushy, 6 inches to 3 feet high



• Bushy annual furb
• Plants may produce as many as 250,000 seeds
• Stems usually striped
• Invasive to Sandy Hook
• Wind carries seeds to distant places
• Better known as tumbleweed
• Plant germinates (grows as seed) in warmer weather between 28 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit

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