Thistles are prickly leaved weeds that will grow in lawns and waste areas of gardens.
There are several species of thistle that are weeds in New Zealand; nodding thistle, Californian thistle, Scotch thistle and star thistle. Californian thistle is perennial and can be difficult to control due to vegetative growth from its creeping and spreading root system.
In mown lawns it produces flat low leaves in a rosette. As the leaves are prickly they can make walking barefoot or lying on the lawn a painful experience.
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