Scotch thistle

Scotch thistle by the weed one
Scotch thistle, a photo by the weed one on Flickr.

Nemo me impune lasessit

The scottish motto meaning ‘No one provokes me with impunity’ has been associated with the thistle since the defeat of a Danish raiding party in ancient times.
The Scots were alerted to the presence of the raiders by a cry of pain when one of the marauders stepped on a thistle. The ‘guardian thistle ‘ thus had a great influence on the history of the nation.

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