Marsh Thistle ( Cirsium palustre)


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Family Asteraceae (Compostiae)


Branched biennial of damp grassland. Widespread and common throughout. Stems are spiny-winged and cottony. Leaves are pinnately-lobed and spiny. Leafy clusters of reddish purple flower heads, each 10 to 15mm across, appear July to September.Height up to 1.5m.