The flowers on this plant look very much like a scabiosa, but the seed heads and leaves are different. The plant forms a 2-3 foot tall sprawling shrub. Leaf margins are entire. Flowers are about 1.5-2 inches in diameter. Flowering now (end of March) in southern California.
None of the scabiosas suggested have the appropriate leaves. This pic is from a shrub that is several years old-- I've tried to zoom in on the foliage a little more. The leaves are completely smooth with entire margins, unlike all the scabiosa images I've seen. The Pterocephalus dumetorum looks close (probably the right genus), but I don't think it's that particular species. A friend collected the seed in Spain, but I don't know if it's actually native to Spain or not. The leaves are slightly thick (not 'succulent', but heading that direction) and about 2 inches long.