Noxious Weeds Profile - Russian Thistle

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  • English - Russian thistle
  • French - soude roulante, chardon de Russie
  • Latin - Salsola kali L.; synonym Salsola pestifer A. Nelson


Russian Thistle.

Russian Thistle

Current Status

  • Ontario Weeds Act - noxious
  • Other provinces - noxious in AB, BC, Man, SK
  • Canadian Federal Seeds Act - no
  • U.S. Federal Noxious Weed - no
  • U.S. Noxious State Reg - 4 states (including Minnesota, Ohio)


  • Pub 505 - no
  • NE Weeds - no
  • Canadian Poison Plant - not listed
  • Cornell Poison Plant - not listed


  • Usually on coarse soils along roadsides and waste areas.

Growth Habit

  • Annual

Method of Propagation

  • Seeds


  • Control is intermediate to good with 2,4-D, dicamba, and glyphosate. Best control when weeds are small. Can be controlled by mowing.

Other Comments

  • Large bushy plants sometimes known as tumbleweed.

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