Dwarf Thistle (Cirsium acaulon)

The Dwarf Thistle is also known as the Stemless Thistle because the single flower head is down amongst those prickly leaves that form on rosette on the ground.

This plant is also known as the Picnic Thistle as the first time you notice it is when you sit down on the ground to eat your sandwiches when you are out for a walk!

The Dwarf Thistle is common in Dorset and the rest of the south of England, found primarily on short turfed calcareous soils, so the chalk and limestone of Dorset is ideal for it.

Flowering from June until September, when no flower is present it is easy to dismiss it as an emerging Creeping Thistle.

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