Prostrate clumps of arrow-shaped, dark green, leathery leaves with light green veins. The bluish flowers are held in thimble-like heads that sit on intricately spiky bracts that are green with white veins. This species hails from the African and European western Mediterranean.
Europe and Western Russia
Open areas, matorral and degraded pastures on dry soils from 200-900 metres in North Africa, Malta, Sardinia, Sicily and the Iberian Peninsula.