Involucre - To 1.2cm tall(long), 7-8mm in diameter, ovoid to slightly urcreolate in shape. Phyllaries with prickle tips, imbricate, with some arachnoid pubescence, dark brown to black in upper half, green in lower half. Margins pectinate.

Ray flowers - Absent.

Disk flowers - Outermost flowers enlarged, sterile, 5-lobed. Lobes to 8mm long. Innermost flowers 5-lobed, whitish to pinkish, fertile. Lobes to 4mm long. Anthers pinkish-rose 2-3mm long.

Flowering - June - August.

distinctive leaves

Habitat - Waste ground, rocky ground, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to Europe.