Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum

Deep Crimson Thistle

This plant attracts the following butterflies:

Large White, Small Tortoiseshell

A memorable image from 12 August 2003:

Large White and Small Tortoiseshell butterflies on Cirsium

One Large White and 2 Small Tortoiseshells on a plant for sale in the Plant Centre at Stourhead gardens in Wiltshire.

Wild Thistles also attract butterflies in the countryside. I saw a Brown Argus on a Thistle when walking along the Thames path in August 2003.


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Plant Type: hardy perennial

Flowers in August

Height: 1.2m
Spread: 60cm

This page last updated January 23, 2005