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Musk Thistle, Carduus nutans Family: Asteraceae
Carduus nutans     *     Musk Thistle / Nodding Thistle

Flowering time: May - September. Biennial

Habitat: Can be frequent on neutral or calcareous grasslands, waste ground and roadsides. Few recent records from Scotland or Ireland.

Solitary, semi-drooping, large red-purple flowers on erect, cottony, winged stems. The leaves are deeply-pinnate lobed, the lobes tipped with strong spines and the veins woolly below. The seedheads have simple achenes. Height 30-100cm


Musk Thistle, Carduus nutans       Musk Thistle, Carduus nutans

Musk Thistle, Carduus nutans
Studland, Dorset. August 2007

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