Previously known as Picridium vulgare, the common Provençal name for this small plant is ‘Coustelline’. Easily recognized and can be found everywhere, inland as well as on the coast. What sets it apart from other, similar looking plants is that the leaves have a bluish sheen and, after flowering, when the seeds have dropped, a very small, silvery, shiny disk remains until the following year.
Solitary ray florets, yellow at the base. Flower stalk not thickened towards the top.
Spatulate broad end of the leaf tapers to the point of connection with the plant stem. Very variable, broad end tapers to base, lobed, serrated or nearly entire, bluish-green in colour.
Achene: a cluster of 1-seeded fruit, 2-3 cm.
One of the best local wild salad leaves. When growing along the seashore it has an added salty flavour, in addition to the slightly bitter taste.
Leaves: anti-oxidant properties.