Creeping Thistle. By David Laurie

Walking round my local patch I’ve come across a lot of Creeping Thistle (Cirsium arvense) – hardly
surprising since according to my copy of A Flora of Norfolk (1999 version) it was the most frequently
recorded plant in the county. Probably it still is. Perhaps a bit invasive for the garden, maybe not too
popular with farmers, but there is no doubt it is definitely a favourite with butterflies and attracts
everything from the little Skippers to big Red Admirals. Once flowering is over there is the bonus that
the seed heads are much liked by Goldfinches, so let’s celebrate this common but useful plant.


Photo credit to David Laurie

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