hight 18in,has prikels on the leaves.
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The map locator shows it in the middle of the North Sea, which can't be right.
Was it growing in a garden somewhere? A sheltered courtyard? A superficial google search suggests that Carthamus tinctorius likes an arid environment in places like India and Mexico, where it's grown as a crop, so the cold damp UK seems an unlikely home for a wild population.
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... thanks for changing the location to inland! But can you please confirm what sort of location it was in? As per my comment above, it requires arid conditions, so I would be interested to know what conditions it had found.
The photos suggest that it was growing outdoors, and it certainly looks healthy.
Lat/Lng: 54.966197, -1.90187
OS grid ref: NZ063635