Featured Image – Wildflowers Of The World

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles often occur all over the plant – on surfaces such as those of the stem and flat parts of leaves. These are an adaptation that protects the plant against herbivorous animals, discouraging them from feeding on the plant. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape of a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle’s flower heads.
In the language of flowers, the thistle (like the burr) is an ancient Celtic symbol of nobility of character as well as of birth, for the wounding or provocation of a thistle yields punishment.[citation needed]
The thistle has been the national emblem of Scotland since the reign of Alexander III (1249–1286) and was used on silver coins issued by James III in 1470. It is the symbol of the Order of the Thistle, a high chivalric order of Scotland. It is found in many Scottish symbols and as the name of several Scottish football clubs. The thistle, crowned with the Scottish crown, was the symbol of seven of the eight former Scottish Police Services (from which a new national Police Service was formed in 2013), the sole exception being the former Northern Constabulary. The thistle is also the emblem of Encyclopædia Britannica, which originated in Edinburgh, Scotland.
This photo was captured in Grange City, Kentucky, USA.

Comments

  • kalaryder
    kalaryder9 months ago

    Great description and capture

  • Thank you so much!

    – mcstory

  • mcstory
    mcstory9 months ago

  • mcstory
    mcstory9 months ago

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  • MotherNature
    MotherNature8 months ago

    These are beautiful and remind us that beauty often comes with a few thorns:>) Congratulations on your feature in Wildflowers of the World – this now hangs in my favorites gallery!

  • Thank you! Much appreciated!

    – mcstory

  • lorilee
    lorilee8 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN of our
    “Spring Wildflowers” challenge in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Thank you!

    – mcstory

  • Martha Medford
    Martha Medford8 months ago

    Very nice capture! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thank you, Martha!

    – mcstory

  • MotherNature
    MotherNature8 months ago

    Once a favorite, always a favorite! This is an wonderful picture, mcstory- lovely! Congratulations on your TOP 10 win in the Wildflowers of North America challenge.

  • Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comments!

    – mcstory

  • lorilee
    lorilee8 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your WONDERFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Thank you! An honor to be featured in your group!

    – mcstory

  • lorilee
    lorilee2 months ago

    Congratulations!! Your image has placed in the TOP TEN of our
    “Wildflower Duet” challenge in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

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