Monday, 1 August 2016

Thistles & Knapweed

We have two common species of thistle at Filnore:  the Spear Thistle (above), with its long pointed leaves and larger flowers with very spiky buds;

and the Creeping Thistle (below) which is slightly more common because it spreads by creeping underground as well as by seed.  They are pollinated by butterflies which love the flowers.

Close relations are the Knapweeds, which are not prickly at all but a great favourite with bumble bees and butterflies.

Bees also like the thistles of course.

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