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Spear Thistle, Cirsium vulgare Family: Asteraceae
Cirsium vulgare     *     Spear Thistle

Flowering time: June-October. Biennial

Habitat: Can be very abundant on disturbed ground, grasslands and roadsides throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Erect globular flower-heads appearing slightly cottony bearing deep purple flowers with prickly green outer bracts. The wavy, deeply pinnate leaves end in sharp prickles. Leaves are cottony beneath, rough and slightly prickly above. stems with spiny wings. Height 70-150cm


Spear Thistle, Cirsium vulgare       Spear Thistle, Cirsium vulgare


Spear Thistle, Cirsium vulgare
Spear Thistle, Cirsium vulgare
Badbury Rings, Dorset. August 2012

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