Flora of Northern Ireland
Carduus tenuiflorus
© Paul Hackney
Carduus tenuiflorus
© Stan Beesley
Carduus tenuiflorus
(Map updated: March 2008)
 

This is a rather slender thistle with a broad wing to its stem, and a pale blue flower head. Most frequent around the coast in disturbed sandy soils, especially frequent in Co Down.

All names: Carduus tenuiflorus Curtis; Carduus pycnocephalus auct.