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I think this is an eryngium, otherwise known as sea holly. It usually grows on sand-dunes near the sea.
... many Eryngium species aren't coastal plants. E. maritimum is coastal, and is the one most commonly referred to as sea holly.
Is this synonymous with Italian Eryngo please?
Italian Eryngo is one common name for Eryngium amethystinum.
This was considerably inland and at a considerable altitude.
Any chance it could be above?
it occurs in dry stony places in the mountains Spain, Pyrenees.
E. amethystinum does not occur naturally in Spain. However,
I cannot see enough of the plant to make a positive identification.
Lat/Lng: 43.1, -5.43