Flower of Scotland

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Dark blue background. The silhouette of a white flower is in the center with bold white text curling around above and below the flower.

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Scotland's national flower is the thistle, a prickly weed with very long thorns and a light purple flower. Thistle was used as a royal symbol for the first time in the year 1470, when King James the Third issued silver coins imprinted with the plant's image. The Scottish royalty established The Order of the Thistle in the late 17th century, which is still the highest honor British royalty can bestow onto Scots. The plant also served as inspiration for the famous Scottish poem written by Hugh MacDiarmid, A Drunk Man Looks at the Thistle

Planning a trip to Scotland soon? Be on the lookout for this prickly wild flower growing everywhere!


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Stevenson, J. (2019). Why The Thistle Is The National Flower Of Scotland. Retrieved 30 March 2021, from https://www.scotlandswild.com/scotlands-wild-blog/why-the-thistle-is-th…

Thistle - National Flower of Scotland. Retrieved 30 March 2021, from https://www.visitscotland.com/about/uniquely-scottish/thistle/

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