West Highland Flora

Marsh Thistle


Cirsium palustre

 

Cirsium palustre

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Jun 2003 Broadford, Skye

Very common in damp ground including moorland, marshes, roadsides, croft land and beside burns.

Flowerhead diameter c 10-15 mm

ID: Stem spiny.  Leaves with spiny edges but not spiny on leaf surface.

Other features: Involucral bracts purplish, flowerheads clustered at ends of stems and branches.  In some populations there are plants with pink flowers as well as normal ones.  A biennial, over-wintering as a large ground rosette.

 

Cirsium palustre

Photo Carl Farmer
29 Jun 2003 Broadford, Skye

 

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