Photos: The Burren, Co.Clare
Rayless flowerheads, golden/purplish tubular florets surrounded by
prominent yellowish bracts. Solitary or in groups of 2-5.
Leaf rosette in 1st year (below), withers before the 2nd season flowering.
Stem leaves alternate, spiny margins, cottony below. Height: 10-60cm.
Dry infertile calcareous grassland. Dunes, rock ledges, un-stable sea-cliffs.
Most frequent central and W Ireland.
Photographs above: Carline Thistle. The Burren, Co.Clare. August 2007