Flower of the Month (September) – Carline Thistle (Carlina vulgaris)

The Carline Thistle has distinctive yellow/brownish flowers which can be seen from July to October.  The flower head has two halos of bracts, the outer ring with long pale buff-grey bracts which fold inwards in wet weather.  It grows in short grassland, often on dry, chalk soils.

If you are interested in learning more about other wildflowers and plants seen on Magog Down through the year, there are photos and detailed descriptions on the Flowers, Fungi and Mosses page. 







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