Carduus is a genus of about 90 species of thistles in the family Asteraceae, native to Europe, Asia and Africa. Carduus is Latin for a thistle.
Carduus species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Coleophora therinella.Selected species
, derived from carduus
, is Latin for a place with thistles. This is believed to be the origin for the name of the Burgundy
village of Chardonnay, Saône-et-Loire
, which in turn is thought to be the home of the famous Chardonnay