07 September 2010
Eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii) is another one of those Texas natives that is spiky, but gorgeous. I've never seen it growing in the wild, but it's turning roadsides and fields purple all across the Edward's Plateau right now. Look for it from Lampasas to Abilene. Very beautiful.
There's a related plant native to the Blackland prairie called rattlesnake master, Eryngium yuccifolium. Rattlesnake master ranges all the way up to Wisconsin prairies and we had it planted in our yard there. It would be great to find a local source for the plant around here.