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August 22, 2013 / viewsfromasmallisland

Beautiful but prickly

Thistle r2

I think the thistle is beautiful and it always comes as a bit of a surprise that it comes with such a prickly and fearsome plant. As a defence against grazing animals that might be attracted it works a treat. I certainly wouldn’t want to munch on it. I know insects love it though.



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  1. meticulousmick / Aug 22 2013 10:59 pm

    And there is such a variety too! The Scot’s know best. 😉

  2. Michael Taggart Photography / Aug 22 2013 11:18 pm

    Ummm – I wouldn’t munch on it either. : )

    It makes for a great picture, though!

  3. Gallivanta / Aug 23 2013 1:51 am

    They are beautiful. Will sheep eat thistles? I think there are some animals that don’t mind them ???

    • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 23 2013 8:47 am

      I know some animals eat them such as goats but not sure what else. They must have incredibly tough guts.

      • Gallivanta / Aug 23 2013 9:06 am

        Indeed. I am sure it is a food of last resort. Once they have feasted on someone’s prize flower garden, for example. On the internet, I see a few recipes for thistle soup but the preparation of the thistles for cooking seems arduous.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 23 2013 9:51 am

        There are many wild plants worth trying as food but thistle is definitely not one for me. Nettles are also not on my list. I quite like dandelions. I’m told it’s a ‘super food’, which must be why the tortoise does so well on it.

      • Gallivanta / Aug 23 2013 10:03 am

        Oh bother! I saw some dandelions today. I should have picked them and had them for supper. I would like to thrive like your tortoise 🙂

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 23 2013 11:50 am

        If you try them, go for the small fresh ones.

      • Gallivanta / Aug 23 2013 1:48 pm

        Okay, thanks. The ones I saw were large.

      • viewsfromasmallisland / Aug 23 2013 11:52 am

        I forgot; I eat the small leaves not the flower but I understand you can eat that too but I’m not sure how.

      • Gallivanta / Aug 23 2013 1:48 pm

        I will keep an eye out for the smaller leaves.

  4. jbcamera / Aug 27 2013 12:27 pm

    Nice shot of an under appreciated plant.

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