131288 MARSH THISTLE Cirsium palustre (Asteraceae) Height to 1.5m. Upright, branched biennial that is often tinged reddish. Stems have continuous spiny wings. Grows in damp grassland. FLOWERS are borne in heads, 10-15mm across, with dark reddish purple florets; heads in clusters (Jul-Sep). FRUITS have feathery pappus hairs. LEAVES are pinnately lobed and spiny. STATUS-Widespread and common.