In rosette to fruiting stage, depending on adequate sun. South-facing area has biggest plants.
Not really much winged though
Whitish colour by salt spray
Carduus pycnocephalus, with common names including Italian thistle, Italian plumeless thistle, and Plymouth thistle, is a species of thistle. It is native to: the Mediterranean region in southern Europe, North Africa, and Western Asia; East Europe and the Caucasus; and the Indian Subcontinent.