Belongs to: daisy family

Carline thistle Carlina vulgaris

Best time to see: mid Jul to end Sep

Key facts

A low-growing thistle with yellow-brown heads, which sometimes dry out and persist through the winter

Shiny yellow bracts surrounding the flowers open in good weather and close when it is cold or wet

Biennial, growing in short, dry grasslands and on sand dunes

© Tony Gunton