Musk Thistle - Carduus nutans
To 1.5 metres tall, stem winged below. White cottony leaves deeply pinnately lobed, the lobes spine toothed, woolly on the raised veins beneath. Flower heads bright reddish purple, large 30 to 50 mm, half nodding, borne on non spiny stalks. Outer flower bracts strongly recurved.
Rough grass land, pasture, arable land and waste ground.
May to September.
Local but widespread in Britain.
Localised in Leicestershire and Rutland but can be fairly frequent when encountered. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 70 of the 617 tetrads.
Leicestershire & Rutland Map
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