Scolymus grandiflorus

Large Flowered Golden Thistle, Cardogna Maggiore.  This beautiful thistle is apparently unknown in cultivation, for reasons that are not clear.  Perhaps due to the fact that it is not a friendly plant to handle, but it's prickly beauty deserves more garden a place you won't brush up against it!

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