Cirsium eatonii var. hesperium
Sida 21: 212. 2004.
Stems strictly erect, 50–150 cm. Leaf faces glabrous or nearly so or abaxially finely arachnoid-tomentose and/or villous to tomentose with septate trichomes on one or both faces. Heads usually sessile in stiffly erect, tight spiciform arrays, sometimes also sessile in distal leaf-axils. Involucres 2–2.5 cm, tomentose with septate trichomes; outer phyllaries with a few stiff lateral spines; spines of phyllaries slender. Corollas pink or pale to deep purple, 14–21 mm, tubes 4.5–10 mm, throats 3.5–5 mm, lobes 3.5–7 mm. Pappi 8–17 mm.
Phenology: Flowering summer (Jul–Sep).
Habitat: Rocky slopes, subalpine meadows, forest openings
Elevation: 2700–3400 m
Variety hesperium is distributed in the San Juan Mountains and Spanish Peaks area of southern Colorado. It differs from var. eriocephalum in its stiffly erect arrays. Plants from the Spanish Peaks area approach var. eriocephalum.
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