Photographs: County Limerick
Solitary deep-purple flowers 25-30mm. Bracts erect, cottony, outer spine-tipped. Leaves mostly basal, green above, white-cottony below. Scarcely-lobed, weak marginal prickles. Flower-stems unbranched, unwinged, cottony. 20-60cm.
Occasional hybrids recorded with Marsh Thistle, C. palustre
Damp, poorly drained ground on neutral to less-acidic fens and peaty soils. Most frequent W, NW and central Ireland.
Meadow Thistle, Cirsium dissectum. June 2009