Monday, June 8, 2009

Diminutive in Blue


A lovely carpet of  Baldwin’s eryngo (Eryngium baldwinii Spreng.) has developed on the margin of the forest near the old wetland boardwalk/overlook. Common throughout Florida into Georgia this plant is frequently found in moist open pinelands and disturbed areas. In the celery family (Apiaceae), the tiny oblong globes of flowers start out white and develop into a rich cornflower blue hue making for a delightful dapple of color nearly year round.


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