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Field Sow Thistle

Sonchus arvensis,

The leaves are edged with weak prickles and have no prickles on the back spine. Note the glandular hairs on bud bracts and stem. See also the Common Sow Thistle. It has a smooth stem and bracts. Its leaf edges have sharp heel points where they grasp the stem and the leaf backs have sharp prickles along the spine.

  • Colour: yellow
  • Habitat: woods edges, hedgerows
  • Flower Size: 2 - 3 cm
  • Flower Time: Jun - Oct
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  • Height: 60 - 120 cm
  • Image Location: West Point
  • Flower Form: daisy - like
  • Availability: common

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