The Scottish blood runs deep in my heart as my mother was born and raised a true Scottish lassie. I’ve always been intrigued, fascinated and drawn to this side of my heritage and to the land of my grandparents. Scotland has become something of a home to me. The national flower of Scotland, though some might argue it’s a weed, is the thistle. Why the thistle? See below.
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“The thistle may only be a humble weed, but it is the emblem of the Scottish nation. The prickly-leaved, pink or purple-flowered ‘Scotch’ thistle is, along with tartan, perhaps the most identifiable symbol of all things Scottish. But how did the thistle earn its place in the heart of the Scots?
In truth, no-one knows, but legend has it that a sleeping party of Scots warriors were saved from ambush by an invading Norse army when one of the attackers trod on a thistle with his bare feet. His cries raised the alarm, the roused Scots duly defeated the invaders, and the thistle was adopted as the symbol of Scotland.” (Source: www.VisitScotland.com)
These physical attributes –
The delicately beautiful flower heads,
The viciously sharp thorns,
It’s stubborn and tenacious grip on the land,
It’s defiant ability to flourish in spite of efforts to remove it
We think that they make this plant the perfect Scottish Emblem, don’t you?