Onopordum acanthium

The true Scottish Thistle, the emblem of a proud and historic people is not the creeping thistle (Cirsium arvense) that many gardeners battle against, that is not a National Flower. No the true Scottish thistle is the Onopordum acanthium and it is a real stunner. My first sight of Onopordum acanthium preparing to flower was at Floors Castle appropriately enough…