Onopordum acanthium (Cotton Thistle) is a species of biennial herb in the family Asteraceae. They have a self-supporting growth form. They are associated with freshwater habitat. They are native to Germany, Azerbaijan, Iran, Switzerland, Georgia, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, Russia, Portugal, Italy, Yugoslavia, Spain, Tajikistan, Albania, Afghanistan, Romania, Ukraine, Greece, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Czech Republic, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, France, Armenia, Austria, Hungary, and Iraq. They have simple, broad leaves. Flowers are visited by Edwards' Fritillary, Vanessa cardui, Bumble Bees, and Eublemma. Individuals can grow to 1 m.
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