West Highland Flora

Spear Thistle


Cirsium vulgare

 

Cirsium vulgare

Photo Sue Watkins
Lochearn B&B, Bernisdale, Skye

Very common on roadsides, in fields and dry moorland.

Plant c 60-150 cm tall.  Flower diameter c 2-4 cm

ID: Stem with interrupted spiny wings.  Leaves with spines on upper surface as well as edges.

Other features: Involucral bracts (lower part of flowerhead) with yellowish spiny recurved tips.

 

Cirsium vulgare

Photo Carl Farmer
25 Aug 2002 Scorrybreac, Skye

 

Cirsium vulgare

Photo Carl Farmer
8 Aug 2002 Portree, Skye

 

Cirsium vulgare

Photo Carl Farmer
14 Aug 2004 Torrin, Skye


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