Following the theme of last week’s post, let’s look at more late summer wildflowers – blooms for this group are all in the purple family, color-wise – Eryngo, Obedient Plant, and Gregg’s Mistflower,
First, Eryngo: Eryngium leavenworthii Torr. & Gray. As described by Native Plant Information Network, (NPIN), the Native Plant Database for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Eryngo is a prickly, showy annual with a leafy stem, blue or purple bloom in late summer, in fact almost the whole plant, which stands 1’ – 3’ tall, shows color (photo by Wayne Meyer). Watch for it now in fields at HagermanNational Wildlife Refuge and along the roadsides in the area, striking against a backdrop of Snow-on-the Prairie or contrasting with Sunflowers. Eryngo looks like a thistle but is not; it is in the Carrot family. The plants are deer resistant, for those whose gardens have unwanted deer visitors, and provide nectar for insects and seed for birds.