Golden thistle

Scolymus hispanicus L.

Biennial or perennial to 80 cm high, ± hairy.

Leaves 4–20 cm long, 1.5–7 cm wide; basal leaves oblanceolate, soft, pinnatisect with a few spines, long-petiolate; cauline leaves rigid, linear-oblong to ovate, sinuate-pinnatifid, spinose.

Heads in a narrow panicle; heads 5–8 mm diam.; involucral bracts lanceolate, acute, with or without a few hairs; receptacle scales narrowed at apex.

Achenes 3–5 mm long, clavate; pappus of a few rigid hairs.