Common Knapweed (Photo: Laurie Campbell)
This looks a bit like a thistle, but it does not have such spiky leaves. The flower is the same shape as the thistle emblem.
When the flowers dies, the seeds are blown out of the seed head. Each one has a tiny parachute made out of hairs, and they are carried on the wind to a new place to grow.
Knapweed was commonly used to cure sore throats.
Young women used to pick knapweed flowers and put them in their pockets – if the small flowers then opened she would find a husband soon.
by Alison Tyler