- Centaurea iberica is an annual plant that grows 1-6 ft. (0.3-1.8 m) tall. It closely resembles purple starthistle and it is native to southern Europe.
- The leaves are divided into narrow linear segments. Rosettes have spines in the center. Rosette forms in May and June. Centaurea iberica is covered with tiny hairs all over the plant.
- Flower heads are purple with straw-colored spine-like bracts over 1 in. (2.5 cm) in length.
- Seeds are plumed, the distinguishing factor between this plant and purple starthistle.
- Ecological Threat
- The sharp spines deter grazing animals, access to livestock and wildlife, reduce the value of hay and can impede recreational use. This weedy plant has the potential to become widely established, having significant impact to agriculture and wild land resources.
Oregon Department of Agriculture Plant Programs, Noxious Weed Control 
University of California, Jepson Flora Project 
Flora of North America, www.eFloras.org 
Nevada Department of Agriculture 
USDA NRCS PLANTS 
USDA ARS GRIN