May 14, 2008

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Seeds


After a few rain storms, these seeds might not make it. I do have one vine still hanging on. The idea was great, though. The kids loved making those sweet little flags. When we didn't know what the seed was for, we just drew the plant or the seed on it. The one up front is what we call "purple pineapple weed". I have no idea what the real name for it is. You can check out a photo of it fully grown by clicking the link. Bonus points if you can tell me what kind of weed it is.

*Update: This weed is actually related to a carrot, not a thistle. It is called Eryngium. It isn't noxious. This species' common name is Leavenworth's Eryngo. It loves limestone soils. Most species that live in Texas are also threatened and endangered.

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Laura Paxton said...

It's a THISTLE. Yes a weed. Very painful if stepped on. Will take over fields if allowed to do so.

carrie said...

those are cute little signs! I hope the rain didn't wash them out.

Anonymous said...

It's a type of thistle...invasive and painful plant. Don't want it growing in the lawn! :)

PS Drove through Brazos bend and thought about you today. Saw a raccoon carrying its baby. And lots of baby deer.

Erin said...

I was gonna say thistle, but everyone beat me to it.

I say let it grow and see if Eeyore visits your yard. Did you know he adores thistle?
It's also the national flower of Scotland (although probably not this variety). And bees and hummingbirds really like them too.

Yeah, just don't step on them or back into them. ;)

Anonymous said...

A purple prickly weed? Hahaha! I'm not sure. :) If the others say it's a thistle, a thistle it is! Prickly little fella!

Dianne - Bunny Trails said...

Great tags! Are they laminated? Fun stuff. :D

Sisterlisa said...

That looks like a form of the Purple Star Thistle. But I haven't been able to find a specific photo like yours anywhere. It IS a weed. You do NOT want to grow it in your yard. I wouldn't touch it either, you could end up with very sore owies. You could find a garden message board and see if someone knows the exact scientific name of the species though. Try :

Sprittibee said...

Everyone was wrong! It isn't a noxious weed, is native to the area, and is actually related to a carrot! The exact name is "LEAVENWORTH ERYNGO". Here's info from a Kansas site: Kansas Wildflowers and Grasses

Apparently the Leavenworth Eryngo likes the limestone hills as much as I do:

"Habitat: Dry, rocky prairies, roadsides, open woodlands, and waste areas, most abundant on limestone or chalk soils."

Here's another photo site:
Eryngium leavenworthii - Common Name: Leavenworth's Eryngo

Here are some nicknames names for that genus:

button snakeroot
rattlesnake master
sea holly

I love "beethistle". "Rattlesnakemaster" sounds formidable. The plant itself is extremely formidable, so I would lean towards that one. However, the time I took the photo with the bees, there were multiple bees (one bumble bee and two honey bees) on one flower!

Kelly the Happy Texan said...

Wow! Who knew?! It's a cute little plant but I'm not sure I'd want it in my yard. Ouch!

Love ya, ya crazy girl. :)



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