Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rattlesnake Master

rattlesnake master (Euphorbia corollata)This is a photo of rattlesnake master (Euphorbia corollata) amongst the switch grass in our lower field or, as we optimistically call it, the prairie. The flowering balls go from white to brown. The white flower heads look great amongst the green grasses and other blooming flowers of summer. The flowers are an important source of nectar and pollen for a wide assortment of bees, butterflies, moths and insects. As fall approaches and the grasses fade to tan, the rattlesnake master turns brown and produces abundant seeds. This scene will remain all winter until we burn in the spring. It is an interesting plant from the time it first appears in the spring with large green leaves till it goes dormant in the fall.

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