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MEADOW THISTLE Cirsium dissectum (Asteraceae) Height to 75cm. Creeping perennial that produces upright long, slender flowering stems that are unwinged, downy and ridged. FLOWERS are borne in heads, 20-25mm across, with reddish purple florets and darker bracts; heads are solitary (Jun-Jul). FRUITS have feathery pappus hairs. LEAVES are oval, toothed, green and hairy above and white cottony below. STATUS-Locally common in S and central England, Wales and Ireland.