May 15, 2008

Purple Pineapple Weed


With all that researching over the past few hours, I felt like it was necessary to share my beautiful weed with the world. So I did. You can now find my "purple pineapple weed" at WikiSpecies. I even uploaded one of my photos there. So now the world can find "purple pineapple weed" with the click of a mouse. Here's the interesting stuff I found out via my comments section from the last post (after everyone told me it was a thistle!):

Everyone was wrong! It isn't a noxious weed, is native to the area, and is actually related to a carrot! The common name is "LEAVENWORTH ERYNGO". What an awful name for such a cool-looking weed.

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 unfriendly when touched - we found out the hard way. When I got the last photo (the one with the bee), there were multiple bees (one bumble bee and two honey bees) on one flower! I just couldn't get them to sit still long enough for a photo op. All four of these shots were in the months between August and November of 2007. I haven't seen any of this in bloom yet this year... but it is early, only May!

Here again are a few shots of the plant that I have taken:


This bee-girl loves her beethistle (that isn't thistle at all) and will continue to plant it. I still say it looks like a pineapple. So there!

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Anonymous said...

How very interesting. The photos are great. SO vivid. :) Thanks for sharing. I can see what you're so popular. You most the most peculiar things. :D

Love ya!

Kelly the Happy Texan said...

I knew it really wasn't a thistle. I was just joking with you. LOL

Did you know this about it: The thistle-like plant is named for frontier Army surgeon and amateur botanist, Dr. Melines Conklin Leavenworth (1796-1862).

Cool. Still looks like a spiky plant. Neat, but keep them in Austin!

Kelly the Happy Texan said...

Here's someone else who loves that plant too!

It really is neat looking. Have you checked out the roots to see if it looks like a carrot since it's in the same family?

Anonymous said...

You're somebody now - you wrote an article for Wikipedia!!! :-)

Anonymous said...

THanks for the blog saved me lots of time and research - we have this weed in Texas too. I think it is very pretty.



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