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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

Flowers. June-July

Tall. Short - Very Tall

Flower. The flowerheads are up to 60 mm across, with a tuft of purple florets. The stiff bracts surrounding the flowerheads narrow to spines, but remain below and narrower that the flowerheads [compared to the Milk Thistle where the long bract spines extend well beyond the flower-heads].

Leaves. Stalkless narrow leaves with deep spine-tipped lobes; up to 15 cm long.

Habitat. Waste ground, roadsides and field edges, olive groves, open woodland.