That is a Thistle
A little birdy just told me *snicker* but did you know . . .That it is Scotland's national flower because (supposedly) one night, long ago, the Norsemen were sneaking up on the Scottish to finish them off once and for all. But as they slinked through the night, a hedge of prickly thistles barred their way, and the Scots were saved! Alba Gu Bra!
Yup, it's a thistle.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thistlehttp://www.google.com/images?q=thistle&hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&hs=d0t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&prmd=ni&source=lnms&tbs=isch:1&ei=5hJqTKawKsSqlAe5mrh0&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&ved=0CBwQ_AU&biw=1200&bih=566