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This is a glandular, woolly perennial herbaceous plant which reaches on average 50–100 centimetres (20–39 in) of height, with a maximum of two metres. Its erect, branching, gray, slightly wrinkled and hairy stems bear the occasional large, soft, sharply toothed, sharp-lobed pointed green leaves. They are sticky hairy above, and white woolly below. Atop each stem is an almost perfectly spherical inflorescence up to 6 cm in diameter, packed with white or blue-gray disc florets. It flowers from June until September. (Wikipedia)
These were in a cultivated garden.
mauna Kunzah, They are like something out of Dr. Suess aren't they? The funny thing is that my very first PN spotting was a globe thistle, and it was a weed out in the middle of nowhere in Turkey, and these are exactly the same, but cultivated in Shakspear's garden in Stratford.
Wow, the second picture is surreal, Ava!
Beautiful ... I love thistles.
You're welcome, dear @Ava T-B :)
Thanks so much for the ID DespinaTsafetopoulou. And for the help Dan and Chester.
Totally agree with chester.
Definitely not an Allium, I would look to the the Eryngium genus, sorry i can not help narrow it further.
Spotted on Jul 27, 2013
Submitted on Aug 19, 2013