There is a legend which relates how a sleeping party of Scots warriors were almost set upon by an invading band of Vikings and were only saved when one of the attackers trod on a wild thistle with his bare feet. His cries raised the alarm and the roused Scots duly defeated the Danes. In gratitude, the plant became known as the Guardian Thistle and was adopted as the symbol of Scotland.(Great story!)
The Scottish Thistle-----This is the national flower of Scotland and is very well known Scottish symbol. This unusual, prickly flower grows wild and free, sometimes quite stubbornly which makes it a fitting symbol for the spirit of the Scottish people.The Scots Thistle belongs to the Cotton Thistle genus.The Order of the Thistle is a Scottish chivalric order which dates from 1687. With the exception of the British monarch, the members of the order must all be Scottish-born.