General Information: Creeping Thistle is a perennial weed which spreads by seed
and is one of the most common thistles in the UK. Rarely a problem in established lawns, it is more
problematic in newly seeded lawns. However once regular mowing is in place it should eventually
Leaf: Creeping Thistle leaves are wavy and spiny. They generally less fleshy
and pale green compared with other thistles.
Flower: Creeping Thistle flowers form in clusters, are a lilac/purple colour
and can be seen from June to September.
Preferred habitat: Creeping Thistles favour newly sown lawns.
Control: As we have previously stated this weed is more of a problem in newly
sown lawns and can be eradicated with regular mowing. It is not a problem in established lawns. A
selective weed killer is not normally necessary but if you need to treat this weed use a product
containing mecoprop or dicamba.
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