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ASTERACEAE

MUSK THISTLE Carduus nutans

Musk Thistle is a native biennial which grows 40-80 cm in height and produces attractive nodding heads between May and August. A wide range of pollinator species are attracted to the large heavily scented flowers.

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ProvenanceVC41 Glamorgan (Vale of Glamorgan)
AssociationsThe 'Biological Records Centre’s' website lists the following numbers of foodplant associates for Musk Thistle: beetles (12), flies (12), true bugs (5), moths (6) and thrips (1). However, the genus Carduus as a whole, lists the following: beetles (25), flies (12), true bugs (11), moths (20) and thrips (1).
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