Latin name: Cirsium occidentale (Nutt.) Jepson var. occidentale
Pronunciation: SIR-see-um ok-si-den-TAY-lee
Common name: Cobweb thistle
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower)
Habitat: Sandy to grassy or brushy locations in coastal strand, coastal sage scrub and chaparral, mostly at fairly low elevations, from cismontane southern California to central California
Blooming period: April to July
Name derivations: 1) Cirsium 2) occidentale