131097 MUSK THISTLE Carduus nutans (Asteraceae) Height to 1m
Upright and elegant biennial. The stems are cottony, mainly with spiny wings although stalks below flowers are spine-free. Grows in dry, grassy areas including verges and dunes. FLOWERS are carried in rayless heads, 3-5cm across, with reddish purple florets and purplish, spiny bracts; heads are solitary and nodding (Jun-Aug). FRUITS have unbranched hairs. LEAVES are pinnately lobed and spiny. STATUS-Locally common only in England and Wales; scarce or absent elsewhere.