Coral Beach Photo

Coral Beach - Hebrides

Spear thistle

Its 'proper' name is cirsium vulgare and it is up to a metre high. Those along the edge of the coral beach are slightly stunted.The stems are cottony, winged and spiny between the leaves. The flower heads comprise purple florets topping a ball of spiny bracts. It is seen between July and September.

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Taken at: Coral Beach, North Scotland

Date taken / added: 17th Jul 2009

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