Sunday, August 2, 2009

Blazing Stars & Rattlesnakes



(c) Misty DawnS

Thanks to a very knowledgeable Flickr friend, I now know what these interesting flowers are. The tall purple flower is commonly called Prairie Blazing Star (Liatris Pycnostachya), and the nectar-rich flowers are popular with the butterflies... which is the exact reason we'll be transplanting some to my flower garden with my Butterfly bush ;-)

If you look closely, you can see another interesting plant/flower. It has round greenish-white flowers which have little spikes and resemble a thistle. That plant is commonly known as Rattlesnake Master (Eryngium Yuccifolium). Here's the part that I think is so neat. It got its common name of Rattlesnake Master, because it was once used to treat Rattlesnake bites! Isn't that neat??? OK, yes I'm easily amused.

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10 comments:

Müge

I like very much to learn about wild herbs and flowers! Thank you for this beautiful and interesting post! Have a delightful new week! :-)

This Is My Blog - fishing guy

Misty: Cool flower from your area.

Denise

That photo is great and such lovely and interesting flowers. The info on them, found it fascinating. Thank you for sharing.

Pat - Arkansas

Love the photo.. and the information. I've never before heard of Rattlesnake Master. Seems like a handy plant to have around in some parts of the country.

Thanks for sharing your photo.

SandyCarlson

Thanks for the name! These are gorgeous. New to me, so doubly exciting!

i beati

good shot and lesson sandy

Adrienne in Ohio

Love this photo, Misty. We have Liatris here in Ohio, but I've never seen or heard of Rattlesnake Master. I love the globe-like flowers. I wonder what the seeds look like.

Reader Wil

Thanks for the interesting informationFor me it's a completely new flower! Beautiful, though!

Tammy

You lost me at snakes. Me hate snakes!!! That purple flower is gorgeous though! Can I have some for my flower beds too?

Arija

I love these wildflowers. Would it not be more friendly to collect the seeds and just strew then where you want them thandig them up where they are happy? Nice shot.

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