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Cirsium Rivulare Atropurpureum - non seeding/ sterile perennial thistle loved by bees


The word 'Cirsium' derives from the Greek word kirsos meaning 'swollen vein'. Thistles were used as a remedy against swollen veins.

Who would have thought a thistle could be so absolutely beautiful?


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Cirsium eriophorum or Woolly thistle is a herbaceous biennial species of the genus Cirsium. It is beeing found mainly in Alpine areas, in this case in the Bavarian Alps.

I took a walk at my neighborhood on 16th August 2009.

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Please not give me multi-invitations!!

Macro Monday - pattern #102 sharp or prickly

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Made Explore/Interestingness! #126


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Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape of a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle's flowerheads.

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A thistle growing on waste ground in my home town in North Ayrshire. The bokeh comes from sunlight glinting on shards of broken glass behind it.

National Memorial Arboretum

Artichoke Thistle

Fractalised Thistle: Explore #34 for 24/6/2008

A Thistle is a weed, my Dad defines a weed as 'a flower in the wrong place'.

Thistle in bloom. Even the prickly flowers are beautiful.

Thistles just on the turn from child to adult

there didn't seem much to take a picture of in the woods, then a fox passed right in front of me, bold as you like, with a rabbit in his mouth. And my camera? In the case! So you'll have to do with this!

A Friend has finally identified these as Silver Y's

A common migrant in East England

Exploring the farm fields and easily found some thistles. Glad I had my macro lens with me.


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We are home from visiting my middle brother for his birthday. We didn't tell him that our younger brother was coming too, so he had a lovely surprise. He usually visits us at Christmas, but is now too unsteady on his feet and not well enough to travel, so we will be visiting him instead from now on.

Seen along the Enola Low Grade Rail Trail, Southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

We have so many thistles growing in our "Wild Space" and it's beautiful out there.


Texture ~ Prim Rose by Painted Textures (From the Butter Paint Collection)


Spear Thistle growing near to the white variant if you look closely the flower has little white marks on the petals.

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The stage before seeding which I think is the most attractive.

View On Black (large) - cardoon or artichoke thistle

Avis Campbell Gardens, Montclair, NJ

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