Dune Thistle

Scientific NameActites megalocarpa
Size and formA fleshy and clumping perennial herb 10-60cm high.
Flowers, leaves and fruitA yellow daisy inflorescence is subtended with bracts that have a row of fleshy spines. Flowers occur from September to June. Fruit is a flask-shaped cypsela attached to fluffy pappus. The pale green, thick and oblanceolate leaves have toothed margins and milky latex. Lower leaves are crowded.
Growing conditionsSuitable for sandy soils in a full-sun position. Tolerant of salt spray. Can be confused with weedy thistles.