Brief description of what you observed
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
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...