The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. Description: I cannot see any thistle that matches this,the nearest being a Marsh Thistle, so over to the experts for confirmation. Flowerheads usually purple, 10 to 12 mm in clusters of 2 to 8. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually. Download this stock image: Marsh Thistle; Cirsium palustre; Northumberland; UK - EJEJ6E from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Leaves of the Marsh Thistle This plant , although it can self pollinate, is also pollinated by many insects, particularly the bees, so it is good for honey production. Marsh thistle is one of the tallest biennial in Finland (compare giant hogweed): the stem that rises from the centre of its rosette often reaches 2 metres (6.5 feet) in height. AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. Join the RHS today and support our charitable work, Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully, For the latest on RHS Shows in 2020 and 2021, read more, RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens, Free entry to RHS members at selected times », Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops, Our Garden Centres and online shops are packed with unique and thoughtful gifts and decorations to make your Christmas sparkle, General enquiries Leaves linear lanceolate, pinnately lobed and very spiny, mostly unstalked, hairy above. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets, Aspect North-facing or South-facing or East-facing or West-facing, MoisturePoorly drained, Moist but well drained, Ultimate height The marsh thistle is the first thistle to flower in the summer. Flower bracts purple tinged, erect, weakly spiny. It is a much deeper colour than the pinky lilac spear thistles and the pinky flowers of the creeping thistles. Flowers were in terminal clus It is a vivid deep purple in colour, and like the spear thistle is a much more prickly than the creeping thistle. The flowers can be seen July to September. The flowers begin life as green spiny ovals and deep purple florets emerge out of the top, making the appearance of rather like a shaving brush! Late in the summer of 1263 King Haakon of Norway, was intent on conquering the Scots, and set off with a large fleet of long ships for the Scottish coast. the RHS today and get 12 months for the price of 9, Other common names Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015, purple bracts pressed close to flower head, Leicestershire Amphibian & Reptile Network, Market Bosworth & District Natural History Society, Natural History Section, Leicester Literary & Philosophical Society, Leicestershire & Rutland Swift Partnership. Generally trouble free. The Marsh thistle is native to the Western Isles. The marsh thistle is one of the tallest thistles, reaching up to 150cms in height. Thank you. Most of these stories or legends are set around the reign of Alexander III and in particular the events surrounding the Battle of Largs in 1263. A photograph of the whole plant, showing stems and leaves as well as flowers. Enter a town or village to see local records, Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data) Tallest Thistles They are: This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects. It is a vivid deep purple in colour, and like the spear thistle is a much more prickly than the creeping thistle. Try an advanced search, RHS Registered Charity no. Legend has it that at some point during the invasion the Norsemen tried to surprise the sleeping Scottish Clansmen. Excellent for ordinary use in appropriate conditions. Marsh Thistle Pink - Purple Wildflowers The important role that the thistle had played was recognised and so was chosen as Scotland's national emblem, Click pictures below for larger photographs. It was at least 7' tall, thin stemmed with fine spines projecting at right angles all the way up the stem. Wildlife Gardens, Diseases Name 1-1.5 metres, Ultimate spread The upright,spiny and hairy stem bears dark green, spiny-edged leaves and is topped by clusters of dark purple, thistle flower heads in summer, Plant range RHS members can get exclusive individual advice from the RHS Gardening Advice team. The thistle seen throughout Scotland and the Western Isles has been Scotland's national emblem for hundreds of years. As with all Cirsium, the pappus-hairs (the silky white hairs attached to the seed - the thistledown) are individually feathery or branched. First thistle to Flower In the Summers The marsh thistle is the first thistle to flower in the summer. Observation - Marsh Thistle - UK and Ireland. C. pallustre is a native, biennial thistle reaching to around 1.5m in height, typically found growing in moist soils. Leaves linear lanceolate, pinnately lobed and very spiny, mostly unstalked, hairy above. Self Pollinates - also Insects Pollinate - Butterflies & Birds like it, Scotland's National Emblem - History - Legends. Carduus palustris, Family It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Our Botanical team are working hard to increase the number of plants with detailed information. marsh thistle, Synonyms If you select any attributes with or without a plant name, you will see a much narrower selection of results taken only from the old RHS Plant Selector database. 1-2 years, Cultivation N & C Eur., NE US, All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Welted Thistle (Carduus crispus) - but check the pappus hairs. The purplish, flower heads cluster at ends of stems and branches. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. The marsh thistles seem to be more prickles than flowers and like their name would suggest, these thistles like damp grand, often to be found in the damp grassland near to the sea, or any marshy land. RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected ID guidance. First thistle to Flower In the Summers Join Stem spiny all the way up.