Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hooker's Eryngo

A starry ground:  Hooker's Eryngo, Eryngium hookeri
Bumble Bee gathering nectar
Honey Bee sipping nectar
Have you ever seen something for the first time and found it so beautiful or unusual that you felt dazzled?  That was my experience with this stunning native flower.   Its color ranges from green to shades of purple and silver.  As you can see, it is a wonderful nectar source for the pollinators.  It looks sharp and prickily  and it is!  Those points will go right though blue jeans.  I imagine that is how the Eryngo protects itself from being chomped by grazing animals.  We can grow this summer annual from seeds in our Texas gardens.

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