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Commonly known as Eryngo, Sea holly
Genus of 230 species annuals, biennials and deciduous and evergreen perennials, some very decorative.
Those from dry areas of Europe, northern Africa, Turkey, central Asia, China and Korea usually have tap roots. Those from wetter areas and marshy grassland in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and warm-temperate regions of North, Central and South America have fibrous roots.
Most have spiny leaves and thistle-like flowers. They are striking plants for naturalizing and can be dried for arrangements if flowers are cut before becoming fully open.
Many species have been used for food and medicine.
All attract bees and other insects.
UK native E. maritimus, Sea holly is found in sand dunes and on shingle sea shores. The roots used to be candied with sugar and orange flower water and used as an aphrodisiac.
Field eryngo, E. campestre, a native perennial of dry, grassy places is rare and found only in the south of England.
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Additional FeaturesGood to knowSome from dry, rocky and coastal areas - others from marshy regions. Excellent for dried arrangements. Many will naturalize. Wildlife plant - bees and butterflies.Place of originEurope, northern Africa, Turkey, central Asia, China, Korea.
WildlifeBee friendlyButterfly friendlyRabbit Resistant
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Buy Varieties of ERYNGIUM
grows up to 6 feet with tall thistle-like flowering heads
purple-amethyst coloured flowers, very striking
a new introduction with darker and larger blue flowers on robust stems
grows up to 3 feet with silvery white flower heads. Will self seed readily.
large steely-blue prickly flowers which age to dark blue over silver-grey foliage
clump-forming with light blue flowers and blue green bracts. A useful cut flower with 3 foot stems
grey-green leaves edged creamy-white and developing pink tones. The foliage contrasts effectively with rich violet-blue flower clusters
small green-white flowers
small deep blue thistle flowers
evergreen marbled leaves with silver blue thistles. Grows up to 2 feet
grows to around 3 feet in height with intensely blue stems and flowers with a steely sheen
striking golden-yellow foliage and blue flowers