Narrower, serrated leaves compared to most eryngos on this Mexican species. Already in their seedling year, I was digging the way they looked as youngsters. Several of these got through winter successfully, and found homes in our rock garden. They have a cool look to them (befitting their specific epithet – venustum means handsome), and are spiny to the touch. Flowers (which appeared in the second year) are greenish white, and don't make much of a visual impact, although the tidily arranged domes surrounded by slender steely bracts are quite attractive when you get up close. Needless to say, very prickly!
|As seedlings |
|Evergreen, but not nearly as handsome in its mid-winter bedraggled state |
We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.
Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list
One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog
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- Seed from Jelitto Jan09 purchase. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (48%G, 14-23d).
Also Baggy 70F (24%G, 17-23d)
- Seed from '10 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (7%G, 11-14d)
- Seed from '11 garden. Baggy 35F (8w; 8%G, 6w) - 70F (8%G, 3-13d)
- Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 35F (8w) - 70F (15%G, 10-25d). Also baggy 70F (21%G, 13-32d).
- Seed from '14 garden, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (15%G, 4-9w)
Cold stratification appeared to help germination in the 2009 trial, but results were reversed in 2013. Since results are so much quicker without the cold period, I think I'll try without from now on.
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March 29, 2013