Story: Weeds of agriculture

Scotch thistle (1st of 3)

Scotch thistle

Like gorse, Scotch thistle (Cirstium vulgare) grows almost anywhere. It is common in pastures, orchards, crops, gardens, lawns and waste areas. It spreads by windborne seed, and establishes itself especially where drought has made the land bare.

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Ian Popay, 'Weeds of agriculture - Weeds in pasture, crops and forestry', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 November 2021)

Story by Ian Popay, published 24 Nov 2008