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U.S. Forest Service

Threatened, Endangered, and Proposed (TEP) Plant Profile

Cirsium vinaceum, Sacramento Mountains thistle. A single flower head of Sacramento Mountains thistle. Adult plants have many flower heads and may be five feet tall. Photo by Heather Hollis, U.S. Forest Service.

Cirsium vinaceum habitat. Bluff Spring is in the Sacramento Mountains, Lincoln National Forest, New Mexico. Springs like this build large mounds of travertine, a calcium carbonate rock upon which Sacramento Mountains thistles grow. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.

Cirsium vinaceum range map. Cirsium vinaceum range map.

Cirsium vinaceum, Sacramento Mountains thistle

ESA Status

Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Species Profile link below for links to listing and other USFWS documents.


  • Loss of habitat through water diversion
  • Livestock grazing, associated soil compaction, and trampling
  • Logging, road building, and recreation
  • Competition with invasive non-native plants

Conservation Status

National Forest and Grassland Occurrence

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