For some reason I think this plant is called grindelia, which is a rather thorny plant with yellow flowers. It is also a bit sticky when green and in bloom. In the winter the leaves dry and it becomes a bit more thorny. In many ways it is well-suited for a dryish clime. The resinous qualities of the leaves help preserve moisture, thorny qualities deter making it a lunch. It has a pleasant scent and you can smell it when you walk by or through it. The fields where I walk host its growth along with various grasses and flowers, all of which become a drab shade of brown as the dry season progresses.