Sunny sow thistles

A while ago I posted about Sonchus acaulis, the Canarian sow thistle I grew from seed. Although it has no stem (hence acaulis), once the rosette has decided it is big enough to bloom it sends up a tall, branched stem with large yellow flowers. These are covered in white ‘fluff’ which is easily dislodged with handling and they open into large, bright yellow flowers like a dandelion that thinks it is a sunflower – they are almost 10cm across. They are bright, frilly and they make me smile.


4 Comments on “Sunny sow thistles”

  1. mitzybricker
    March 24, 2020 at 10:15 am #

    I can see why it makes you smile! So cheerful!

    Blue Rock Horses Frederick County, Virginia

  2. Paddy Tobin
    March 24, 2020 at 9:02 pm #

    Interesting to grow it, especially when from seed, but….. it’s still a sow thistle. Silk purse etc. Sorry!

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