Asteraceae: Sunflower Family – Cynareae (Thistle) Tribe: Cirsium
The Sunflower family is a very large family with over 25,000 members. Botanists subdivide the family into a number of tribes, of which 14 are represented in Monterey County. The Cynareae (Thistle tribe) has 8 genera present in California. All of them are alien, and many are invasive. On this thistle page, most are not invasive.