- growing on gravel
- flower heads borne on long stalks
the spiny outside bracts are shiny green (never tinged purple).
- plant in flower
- purple bracts pressed close to flower head
- Bracts are greyish with green hairy midrib.
- involucre narrows into stalk, <br/>not bell-shaped
- stem and bracts are very hairy
- forma integrifolia
- Inner disc florets have two hair-like projections
- two flowerheads per stem