Not really much winged though
Whitish colour by salt spray
Carduus pycnocephalus “Italian thistle” is a European annual weed of disturbed sites. While most thistles have inforescence heads borne singly, in this species several are clustered at the stem tip. Although present for many decades in Northern Cailfornia, it is a recent invader into the watershed, first reported in 1967.
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.