melancholy thistle


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Noun1.melancholy thistle - perennial stoloniferous thistle of northern Europe with lanceolate basal leaves and usually solitary heads of reddish-purple flowersmelancholy thistle - perennial stoloniferous thistle of northern Europe with lanceolate basal leaves and usually solitary heads of reddish-purple flowers
thistle - any of numerous plants of the family Compositae and especially of the genera Carduus and Cirsium and Onopordum having prickly-edged leaves
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Meadows were enhanced and restored by spreading green hay from species-rich fields on sites that had lost many of their flowers such as lady's mantle, wood cranes-bill, yellow rattle, great burnet and melancholy thistle.
This has resulted in a colourful array of orchids, ragged Robin, dog daisies and melancholy thistle and has led to many positive comments from visitors.
Robbie lazily presented his sweetheart with a Melancholy Thistle, which has no prickles on its stem, unlike the normal thistle.