Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Creeping Thistle
Cirsium arvense
of the Daisy family
a perennial
60 -120 cm high
blooms June-September
likes cultivated and waste ground, fields and meadows
can be seen extensively throughout the Park

The name of this thistle derives from its ability to spread by means of a creeping root system. It is the only thistle to use this method of reproduction. It is pollinated mainly by butterflies - who are attracted by the thistle's musky odour. Male and female flowers are on separate heads, so they must not be too far apart for the butterflies to carry pollen from one to the other.