Origin of genus name: Cirsium is Greek for "thistle."
Presidio locations: Found in dune grassland and dune scrub.
Range in state: Throughout most of California.
Native Californian Uses: The spring stems were skinned and eaten raw by the Tubatulabal and the Kawaiisu. A tea was made from the roots by the Ohlone and used to treat asthma.
Last updated: February 28, 2015