common thistle

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BLACK = I would date you.
GREEN = I think you’re cute.
BLUE = You are my tumblr crush.
GREY = I wish you would notice me.
PURPLE = I don’t talk to you but I really love your blog.
TEAL = We have a lot in common.
YELLOW = I don’t know you at all.
ORANGE = I don’t like your blog.
BROWN = I don’t like you.
PINK = I think you are unattractive.
RED = I hate you with a burning passion.
WHITE = You scare me.
RAINBOW = BED PLZ.
SCARLET = You have influenced my decision/thoughts on something.
MAROON = You taught me something new.
CINNAMON = You’re a really cool person and admire you from afar.
PERIWINKLE = You make me laugh
MAUVE = You are really talented
BLUSH = Seeing you on my dash makes my day a little better.
CYAN = We have very little in common
THISTLE = I only just started following you
INDIGO = I’ve been following you for a long time
FUCHSIA = Your blog content is gold
COPPER = Your blog content is trash (and I love it)
VERMILION = You make me feel passionate
HONEYDEW = I want to call you by a nickname
LAVENDER = You inspire me
CORAL = You’re a meme
UMBER = I want to know more about you
FORGET-ME-NOT = You remind me of somebody
RAZZMATAZZ = I would share my favorite food with you
ARSENIC = I don’t know how to describe the way I feel about you
WINE = You make me feel kinda funny, like when we used to climb the rope in gym class
SAFFRON = I love your ideas
TIMBERWOLF = I trust you
FALLOW = I want to run through the Northern wilderness barefoot with you
PLUM = I’d like to chat with you
TANGERINE = I love your aesthetic
SAGE = You make me cry
CRIMSON = We should collaborate on something!
VIRIDIAN = I wanna hang out on your blog
CHARTREUSE = You’re my homie
BURGUNDY = I get excited when I see posts from you

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Thistles.

1) Musk Thistle, Welted Thistle, Slender-flowered Thistle, Milk Thistle

2) Spear Plume Thistle, Marsh Plume Thistle, Creeping Plume Thistle, Woolly-headed Plume-thistle, Melancholy Plume Thistle

3) Tuberous Plume-Thistle, Meadow Plume-Thistle, Dwarf Plume-Thistle, Common Cotton-Thistle, Common Carline Thistle

Illustrations taken from ‘The Flowering Plants, Grasses, Sedges and Ferns of Great Britain’ by Anne Pratt.

Published 1873 by Frederick Warne & Co.

King’s College London, Foyle Special Collections Library.

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  • BLACK: I would date you.
  • GREEN: I think you’re cute.
  • BLUE: You are my biggest crush.
  • GREY: I wish you would notice me.
  • PURPLE: I don’t talk to you but I admire you from afar.
  • TEAL: We have a lot in common.
  • YELLOW: I don’t know you at all.
  • ORANGE: I don’t like you.
  • PINK: I think you are unattractive.
  • RED: I hate you with a burning passion.
  • WHITE: You scare me.
  • RAINBOW: BARFING RAINBOWZ FOR U.
  • SCARLET: You have influenced my thoughts/decision-making.
  • MAROON: You taught me something new.
  • CINNAMON: You’re a cool person and admire you from afar.
  • PERIWINKLE: You make me laugh.
  • MAUVE: You are really talented.
  • BLUSH: I have a huge boner for you.
  • CYAN: We have very little in common.
  • THISTLE: I want to get to know you better.
  • INDIGO: I’d love to duet with you for Open Mic Night.
  • FUCHSIA: Seeing you around town makes my day a little better.
  • COPPER: YIKES! You should give up on your current profession and find something you’re more suited to doing.
  • VERMILION: You make me feel passionate.
  • HONEYDEW: I want to call you by a nickname.
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  • FORGET-ME-NOT: You remind me of somebody.
  • RAZZMATAZZ: I would share my favorite food with you.
  • ARSENIC: I don’t know how to describe the way I feel about you.
  • WINE: You make me feel butterflies.
  • SAFFRON: I love your ideas.
  • TIMBERWOLF: I trust you.
  • FALLOW: I want to go to the wilderness just with you.
  • PLUM: I’d like to chat with you.
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  • SAGE: You make me cry.
  • CRIMSON: We should collaborate on something!
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  • CHARTREUSE: You’re my homie.
  • BURGUNDY: I get excited when I see any news about/from you.

GREEN = I think you’re cute.
BLUE = You are my tumblr crush.
GREY = I wish you would notice me.
PURPLE = I don’t talk to you but I really love your blog.
TEAL = We have a lot in common.
YELLOW = I don’t know you at all.
ORANGE = I don’t like your blog.
BROWN = I don’t like you.
PINK = I think you are unattractive.
RED = I hate you with a burning passion.
WHITE = You scare me.
CYAN = We have very little in common

THISTLE = I only just started following you

INDIGO = I’ve been following you for a long time

FUCHSIA = Your blog content is gold

kirbys  asked:

thistle and ig cyan

CYAN = We have very little in common
THISTLE = I only just started following you
UMBER = I want to know more about you

well we both like nintendo i’m assuming, and kirby games, and you post aesthetic, i kinda post aesthetic.
uhh more about me is i like drawing, playing viola (u already knew this), being gay, sleeping, folding paper cranes, origami in general, and idk what else to add sfjkldjf

Prairie’s Plants: Thistle

This is one of those words that starts sounding weird as soon as you say it twice in a row. Thistle, thistle, thistle… anyway, shoutout to @thecrackedamethyst to suggesting this(tle). 

Scientific name: Cirsium sp. There are other things that are called thistles, but Circiums are what I (and most people) familiar with–other plants could sub in for metaphoric or symbolic uses of thistles, but obviously their chemistry and habits will be slightly to substantially different. Research before you substitute!

Common names: (Some of these are specific to particular Circium species) Common thistle, field thistle, wavyleaf thistle, Flodman’s thistle, grey thistle, bull thistle, spear thistle, plume thistle

Appearance: Varies by species, but typically plants range from quite small to nearly 3 ft tall. Growth tends to be largely vertical, with alternating lobed leaves typically bearing spines. Leaves and stem may be downy or hairy. Blooms through most of the growing season with disc-like flowers common to all Asteraceas that may be pink, purple, white, or yellow. The base of the flower is often enlarged and prickly. 

Range: Most species within Cirsium are native to Europe, Asia, and northern Africa–however, the handful of species native to North America are incredibly robust and have thoroughly established themselves across the continent. 

Historical and medicinal uses: Taken internally, thistles are generally emetic–they produce vomiting, alongside any other benefit that may be had if taken in great quantities. The strength of this varies in species, and though all are edible, take care–there’s a non-zero chance you’ll have terrible digestion, or worse. Generally the older the leaves are, the worse this effect is. 

Most thistles also produce sweating, useful for breaking a fever among other things. Some say they provide energy–I have a friend who drinks thistle tea like coffee in the morning–but I’ve never experienced this myself. 

Associations and Potential Uses: I consult a lot of web stuff as well as my books when I’m working on these posts, and in researching I came across this herbalriot post that describes (milk) thistle as “snake enraging.” I have no experience with that, just thought I’d share it. 

Thistles’ use is manyfold in magic: when included in protective washes, satchels, or spells, it protects the home from storms and lightning. Carrying it improves strength and vitality; it’s a fairly common ingredient in spells for sex or sex magic as well. It can be used to summon spirits but also to provide protection from the same. 

Despite its fairly vicious appearance, it’s worth noting that many practicioners (including myself) have had just no luck using it as a component in hexing or baneful work. Despite appearances, thistle rarely bears ill will–it would rather empower than break down. 

Cirsium lanceolatum [now Cirsium vulgare] - Common Thistle

The common thistle is native to most of Europe, Western Asia, and Northern Africa. It’s considered an invasive weed in the United States and Australia, and a “noxious weed” in 9 of the states, meaning there are penalties for intentionally planting it, and active programs to remove what plants they can.

Since the thistle can easily grow in overgrazed fields and bare disturbed ground (such as recently-tilled fields), and is unpalatable to animals, its presence in an area is a bane to local farmers. However, thistle flowers are a favorite of honeybees, and the honey produced is of high quality, even if it’s not the same level as white clover flowers. They’re also a food source for butterflies, goldfinches, linnets, and greenfinches, on both sides of the Atlantic.

Field Book of American Wild Flowers. F. Schuyler Mathews, 1905.

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Cirsium vulgare, Asteraceae

Considering I’ve been living in Scotland for almost 2 years and a half now, this post was long overdue, as the common thistle, or spear thistle, is actually the Scottish national flower and very commonly encountered here, both in nature and as an heraldic symbol.

Although it is generally considered a weed, this thistle is undeniably imposing and eye-catching and is sometimes used as an ornamental plant in gardens, especially when an effort is being put into creating a wildlife-friendly area, where the nectar-rich flowers attract bees and butterflies and the seeds feed small birds. A few cultivars are available in the horticulture market, particularly variegated and white-flowered ones. The plant is also edible, although reportedly quite bland and requiring a lot of work to obtain little food, while the dried flowers can be used as a curdling agent for plant-derived milk.

In the last photo you can see a Scottish £1 coin, design from 2014, depicting a spear thistle and Campanula rotundifolia, the Scottish Bluebell, another national flower. The thistle has been used as a symbol on coins in Scotland since the XVI century.