Thursday, April 5, 2012

E is for...


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   E is for "Engelmann Daisy"   Engelmannia peristenia. This dainty daisy forms virtual carpets of color along West Texas roadways. But you seldom see it behind the fences and in open fields. Why you may ask... (oh, you didn't ask.... well, I going to tell you anyway. After all it is my blog.) The reason is this an "ice cream plant". What that means is the deer and cattle love it. This plant is named after St Louis botanist, George Engelmann who worked with Texas plant collector Ferdinand Lindheimer in the 1800s. You can see blooms of this flower, or at least the uneaten ones, from April through July. 

 
Picture from University of Texas Plant Resource Guide

   I wonder if Ben and Jerry know about the deer and cattle market... 

4 comments:

Clarissa Draper said...

Ice cream plant? Cool! Daisy flowers are poisonous to humans, right?

Laura Eno said...

Ice cream plant...bwahahaha! I don't know about cattle, but I discovered that deer will eat anything but rocks. If they don't like it, they spit it out then forget to tell their buddies that it doesn't taste good, continuing the cycle.

Elizabeth Mueller said...

My question is: is it a hardy plant? I tend to kill mine off really easy. Tee hee!


Elizabeth

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Theres just life said...

Clarissa, I'm not sure. It is the only species in its branch of the daisy family.
Laura, Out here I have to worry about deer and hogs. What the hogs don't eat the root up.
Elizabeth, It is a draught tolerant plant, so I would probably kill it with kindness. Sigh...