Botanical Name: Eryngium yuccifolium
Height: about 70 cm to 1 m
Season of bloom: August
Growing Conditions: Full sun. Good garden soil, not too dry.
Wildlife benefits: From Illinois Wildflowers: “The flowering heads attract many kinds of insects, including long-tongued bees, short-tongued bees, wasps, flies, butterflies, skippers, moths, beetles, and plant bugs.”
From Ottawa Valley or eastern Ontario sources: No. This species is from the American tall grass prairie.
Seeds: Weird looking seeds, like strange spiky insect larvae. Germination Code: C(60) – two months cold, moist stratification. I have to say that some years I do not get a high percentage of germination.
Remarks: Strange, mace-like flower form, not colourful but very interesting.
Similar species: Nope.
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