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Common Blue Sow-thistle

Cicerbita macrophylla

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Plant Data

Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Order:
Asterales
Family:
Asteraceae (Daisy)
Type:
Flower
Maximum Size:
150 centimetres tall
Habitats:
Ditches, gardens, parkland, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland.

Flower:
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Blue, many petals
 
Lilac ray florets, 5 stamens. Similar-looking to Chicory, hence the genus Cicerbita means 'Chicory-like'.
Fruit:
A narrow, elliptical achene (type of seed). Hairless, winged and topped by a pappus of hairs.
Leaves:
Pale green leaves. The basal leaves are long-stalked and finely serrated with rounded terminal lobes. The stem leaves clasp the stems so are not stalked. The leaves are arranged alternately along the stems.
Frequency (UK):
Occasionally seen  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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