Photos: Barley Cove, Co.Cork
Slender Thistle / Seaside Thistle
Dense, erect clusters of small, narrow, pale-pinkish flowerheads.
Stems narrowly branched, continuously-winged. Spiny leaves with greyish-cottony undersides. Height 20-100cm.
Mainly E and SE Irish coasts, on dry, sandy grasslands, waste ground, roadsides and sea walls. Also found inland.
Slender Thistle, Carduus tenuiflorus. June 2009