Leavenworth's Eryngium - Eryngium leavenworthii
Carrot Family: Umbelliferae
- 1 - 3 feet tall
- Flowering Period: July - September
- Stem - Erect, stout, glabrous, branched above. Purplish in coloration.
- Leaves - Alternate, simple. The lower stem leaves broadly oblanceolate on short petioles, 1 to 2.5 inches long and up to .8 inch wide. The upper stem leaves are sessile, ovate to orbicular, and palmately pinnatifid into narrow, spiny segments. Purplish in coloration.
- Inflorescence -Usually a few purple to reddish ovoid-oblong heads, 1 to 1.5 inches long and 1 inch thick, on short peduncles. Four to eight spiny-pinnatifid bracts, each around 1.5 inch long. Also four to eight conspicuous, spiny, pinnatifid bracelets 1 to 1.5 inch long projecting from the top of each head.
- Flower - Purple, with bluish colored stamens.
Photos: Courtesy of S. P. Johnson