Marsh thistle Cirsium palustre


Best time to see: mid Jun to mid Oct

Key facts

A very tall thistle of damp meadows and woods, sometimes reaching 2m. in height

Spiny wings all the way up the stem

Unlike the very common creeping thistle, a perennial, this is a biennial, forming a rosette one year and flowering the next

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Photo © Owen Keen

Photo © Tony Gunton