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CREEPING THISTLE Cirsium arvense (Asteraceae) Height to 1m. Creeping perennial with upright, unwinged and mostly spineless flowering stems. Grows in disturbed ground and grassy areas. FLOWERS are borne in heads, 10-15mm across, with pinkish lilac florets and darker bracts; heads are carried in clusters (Jun-Sep). FRUITS have feathery pappus hairs. LEAVES are pinnately lobed and spiny, the upper leaves clasping. STATUS-Widespread and common throughout the region.