|Cirsium nippoicum var.
yoshinoi, a perennial growing to 1-2m in height, inhabits
mountain edges or grasslands in hilly districts. The stems are erect
or somewhat diagonally inclined, branching well at about middle
parts to stretch wide angles. Leaves slightly or deeply cleft in
lobes, the tips, and margins growing to sharp prickles. Flower heads
in corymbs bloom straight or diagonally downwards; the total number
of bract columns is 8 to 9, which is a significant point for
identifying this species.