Carline Thistle- walking on the limestone Cleve Hill, it was good to see these very prickly,low-growing thistles that always look dead but are alive, made up of brown florets surrounded by golden bracts. Still carried in some parts of Europe as protectors from harm, they are named after Charlemagne, who was said to have been told by an angel that Carline Thistle would protect his army, who were dying from plague. Conditions: cloud and sun. Temperature: Max 18- Min 12 c.

Carline Thistle

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