Alpine eryngo - Eryngium alpinum
Easily recognizable and remarkable for its intense blue color, Eryngium alpinum (Apiaceae), is emblematic of the alpine flora. The species is native to Austria, Liechtenstein, Croatia, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Slovenia, but it is cultivated and has been observed to escape from gardens.
The species is classified as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List.
Other common names: Alpine sea holly, Queen of the Alps.
Photo credit: ©Mah Nava | Locality: Botanical Garden, Hamburg, Germany (2013)
Anonymous said: warning about cattails!! there are many poisonous look a likes so be careful! also they need to be prepared well since they take in or are covered by potentially infected water! not sure you or your followers would need this but it may be a life saver one day!
Got this anon message a looooong time ago and totally forgot to post it! References a post about edible cattails. Thank you, anon!
On rare years when the conditions are right in the arid landscape of the Badlands, in the American West, wildflowers burst into a display of colour for just a few days.
The vegetation in the region has adapted to the climate, with just a small amount of moisture the desert can become coloured with sweeping fields of Scorpion Weed, Beeplant and the flowers of the Pincushion Cacti. These blooms can be very short-lived to conserve moisture.
Photographs by Guy Tal