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Melancholy thistle

Melancholy thistle
(Cirsium heterophyllum)

This perennial is typical of upland hay meadows, roadside verges, streamsides and woodland margins. The tall stems bear large purple thistle flowers. The large leaves have felted undersides that form a wide rosette.

Height: 1.2 m

Altitude limit: 490m between Garrigill and Nenthead