Spear Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
|30 July 2016|
A widespread and common thistle, the Spear Thistle can be found on disturbed and cultivated ground such as pastures, roadside verges and field edges. Its classic thistle appearance - purple, fluffy-looking flowers sitting atop a spiny ball - may well have given rise to the Scottish national emblem. As with other thistles, it can become a nuisance on agricultural land and these species are often considered to be weeds(link)
Found on Yeadon Banks in middle field next to the Beck.
Found at Eccup Reservoir.