National Flower of Scotland

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One legend has it that a sleeping party of Scottish warriors were saved from ambush by an invading Norse army when one of the enemies trod on the spiky plant. His anguished cry roused the slumbering warriors who duly vanquished the invader and adopted the thistle as their national symbol.

Of course, there's not a shred of evidence to support this account, but it certainly makes a good story.

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