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Eryngium leavenworthii [Apiaceae]

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Scientific Name Eryngium leavenworthii USDA PLANTS Symbol ERLE11
Common Name Eryngo, Leavenworth's Eryngo ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 29494
Family Apiaceae (Parsley) Wildflower Center Ref. Click Here
Description Habitat: Dry areas in rocky meadows, plains and prairies.
Plant: Erect slender annual, single or branched, smooth, purplish, leafy stems; 1 to 4 feet tall.
Leaves: Lower stem leaves on short petioles, broadly oblanceolate, up to 2-1/4 inches long and 3/4-inch wide; mid- and upper leaves sessile, broadly ovate to orbicular, deeply palmately divided into 3 to 5 lobes, each lobe lined with sharp spines; grey-green, purplish-tinged.
Inflorescence: Single or multiple reddish-purple heads, each 1/2 to 1-1/4 inches long above spiny-tipped bracts; each head comprising many tiny flowers with blue protruding stamens.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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