Latin name: Cirsium occidentale (Nutt.) Jepson var.
  venustum (E. Greene) Jepson
  Pronunciation: SIR-see-um ok-si-den-TAY-lee ven-
  OOS-tum

  Common name: Venus thistle
  Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
  Habitat: Grassland, woodland, sandy places, western
  Mojave Desert and west Transverse Range
  Blooming period: May to July
  Click for Latin name derivations:  1) Cirsium
  2) occidentale  3) venustum
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