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Spear Thistle

Cirsium vulgare

Also known as

Bull Thistle, Dodder, Scotch Thistle, Black Thistle, Common Thistle, Green Thistle

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H5-H1c

RHS hardiness

-15°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1m

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Spear Thistle Overview

This is a biennial that can grow up to 2 metres tall at a fast rate. It is seen as a weed in most areas as they are hard to get rid of once seeds have dropped, however they are edible and commonly used in medicines.

How to propagate Spear Thistle

Division

You can propagate by division in the spring.

Seed

Seed in the autumn.

Special features of Spear Thistle

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attracts bees

Other uses of Spear Thistle

Wildflower/meadow. Attracts butterflies

Other uses

Edible

Medicinal

Plants for Long Grass Areas

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Burdock

Arctium spp.

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