Irish wildflowers

Meadow Thistle, Cirsium dissectum
Photographs: County Limerick

Meadow Thistle, Cirsium dissectum

Meadow Thistle
Cirsium dissectum
Feochadán móna
Family: Asteraceae

Flowering July-August. Perennial. Native.

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


     
Meadow Thistle, Cirsium dissectum. June 2009

Please Contact me if you find mistakes. All images used are copyright.