Cicerbita macrophylla   Common Blue Sow-thistle DD I

Cicerbita macrophylla whole Cicerbita macrophylla close

This introduction from the Urals is found fairly frequently on the roadside verges of Central and Northern Scotland. On our way up to the Ben Lawers Visitors centre we passed this huge patch at the side of the road.

C. macrophylla has established itself in the wild in England, Wales and Scotland apart from the far north and north west. It is only occasionally found in Ireland.

Roadside verge North of Loch Tay 11th July 2005

Added on 14th July 2005, updated 1st December 2008, updated 14th March 2010, updated Se3 4th May 2010

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