Panorama of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve
Plants of the San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Return to: Plants by Scientific Name - Plants by Common Name - Plants by Flower Color

Centaurea melitensis (tocalote)

Relatively common, non-native annual herb found in the Atascadero Creek watershed along trails. Flowers are yellow. Blooms spring through summer.

Seedlings of Centaurea melitensis (tocalote) pictured after rains in winter.


Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late winter.


Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late winter.


Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late summer.


Close up of flowers and spines in summer.


Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late summer.


Centaruea melitensis (Tocalote). NON-NATIVE. Pictured in late summer.