I have this giant silvery thistle growing in my flower bed.
It is the Scottish Thistle.
It is really prickly, and I avoid all weeding close to it.
I think it is biennial. Last year it just grew to about 30 cm or so.
This summer it will be taller than me, and each plant spreads more than a meter wide too.
Those plants don’t come back.
Instead it reseeds a few here and there.
I have it just for interest sake, but it’s flopping over the other plants and I don’t want it to go to seed.
They’re fun to see once, but thistles aren’t really one of my favourites.
I have some visitors coming and they might like to see these striking plants, but after that I’ll be tearing them out.
Very, very carefully.