A Williams, F Leist, J Slamovich, C Powell
~12" tall, small purplish spines in bud, silver-hairy
Dried out, and drastically different from its blooming form.
With a Painted Lady astride it
A. Williams, F. Leist, R. Brostrom; flowering, 2-10 plants, rocky outcrop; similar to C. solstitialis, but spines shorter, flexible and branched
Centaurea melitensis (called Maltese star thistle in Europe, tocalote or tocolote in western North America) is an annual plant of the Asteraceae, 1- 11 dm high, with resin-dotted leaves and spine-tipped phyllaries. This plant is native to the Mediterranean region of Europe and Africa. It was introduced to North America in the 18th Century; the first documented occurrence in California is in the adobe of a building constructed in San Fernando in 1797. It is also...