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Cotton Thistle

A scare species in Dorset that favour dry conditions in waste places.



Common Name Cotton Thistle
Alternative Name(s) Scotch Thistle
Scientific Name Onopordon acanthium
Species Group Daisy Family Compositae
Interest Level
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Identification Notes
Primary Habitat
Family Daisy family - Compositae
Status Rare
Flower Colour Group Purple
  • 07 - July
  • 08 - August
  • 09 - September
Preferred Environment
Look for Very tall thistle with spiny stems and leaves and a classic thistle shaped flower
Additional Identification Notes
Similar Species

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Notebook Distribution Map Sites List Some Charts Some Photographs Recent Records Guidance Notes

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Daisy Family Compositae