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Leavenworth's Eryngo Eryngium leavenworthii


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Leavenworth's Eryngo
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Family: Apiaceae, Carrot view all from this family

Description Leavenworth's Eryngo is a prickly, 20-40 in. annual with a leafy stem, broadly branched in the upper portion. Almost the entire plant has some shade of purple. Flowers are minute, purple, and mingled with small, spiny bracts in an elongated, terminal, head-like cluster. These are subtended by conspicuous spiny-tipped bracts. The leaves are deeply lobed, each segment edged and tipped with stiff spines.

Flower July - September.

Flower July - September

Habitat Rocky prairies; open woods.

Range Throughout Texas, except Rio Grande Plains and the Trans-Pecos, north toMissouri and Kansas.

Exposure Preference Sun.

Native Distribution Throughout Texas, except Rio Grande Plains & the Trans-Pecos, n. to s.w. Arkansas & Kansas

Site Preference Rocky prairies; open woods

Soil Preference Calcareous soils.