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Marsh Thistle

Cirsium palustre

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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:
2 metres tall
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, fens, heathland, marshes, meadows, riversides, swamps, waterside, wetland, woodland.

Flower:
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Purple, many petals
 
Loose clusters of purple flowers, occasionally white. Purple bracts, up to 1.5cm.
Fruit:
Flat, shiny achene (seed) with a feathery tuft of hairs (pappus) at one end.
Leaves:
The leaves are alternately arranged along the stems. The pinnate leaves are very prickly and deeply lobed. Similar looking to Creeping Thistle but Marsh Thistle has got prickly stems. The stems of Creeping Thistle are smooth.
Other Names:
European Marsh Thistle, European Swamp Thistle, Marsh Plume Thistle, Swamp Thistle.
Frequency (UK):
Common  
Distribution Map

Reproduced by kind permission of the BSBI.

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