ERYNGIUM

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.

Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Herbaceous
    Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.

Buy Varieties of ERYNGIUM

ERYNGIUM agavifolium

ERYNGIUM agavifolium

Eryngo, Sea holly

grows up to 6 feet with tall thistle-like flowering heads

 
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ERYNGIUM bourgatii 'Picos Amethyst'

ERYNGIUM bourgatii 'Picos Amethyst'

Eryngo, Sea holly

purple-amethyst coloured flowers, very striking

 
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ERYNGIUM bourgatii 'Picos Blue'

ERYNGIUM bourgatii 'Picos Blue'

Eryngo, Sea holly

a new introduction with darker and larger blue flowers on robust stems

 
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £12.00 each 
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Available Early Spring 2024 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
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ERYNGIUM giganteum 'Miss Willmott's Ghost'

ERYNGIUM giganteum 'Miss Willmott's Ghost'

Eryngo, Giant sea holly

grows up to 3 feet with silvery white flower heads. Will self seed readily.

 
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ERYNGIUM 'Lapis Blue'

ERYNGIUM 'Lapis Blue'

Eryngo, Sea holly

large steely-blue prickly flowers which age to dark blue over silver-grey foliage

 
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £12.00 each 
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Available Early Spring 2024 - Spring according to the Met office is defined as March 1st - May 31st. Therefore early spring is early March to mid-April. This is not a guaranteed date but an estimate and subject to availability.
ERYNGIUM planum

ERYNGIUM planum

Blue sea holly, Eryngo

clump-forming with light blue flowers and blue green bracts. A useful cut flower with 3 foot stems

 
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ERYNGIUM planum 'Jade Frost'

ERYNGIUM planum 'Jade Frost'

Eryngo, Sea holly

grey-green leaves edged creamy-white and developing pink tones. The foliage contrasts effectively with rich violet-blue flower clusters

 
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £12.00 each 
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ERYNGIUM serra

ERYNGIUM serra

Chilean sea holly, Eryngo

small green-white flowers

 
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ERYNGIUM x tripartitum

ERYNGIUM x tripartitum

Sea holly , Tripartite eryngo

small deep blue thistle flowers

 
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ERYNGIUM variifolium

ERYNGIUM variifolium

Eryngo, Variable-leaved sea holly

evergreen marbled leaves with silver blue thistles. Grows up to 2 feet

 
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ERYNGIUM x zabelii 'Jos Eijking'

ERYNGIUM x zabelii 'Jos Eijking'

Eryngo, Variable-leaved sea holly

grows to around 3 feet in height with intensely blue stems and flowers with a steely sheen

 
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ERYNGIUM x zabelii 'Neptune's Gold'

ERYNGIUM x zabelii 'Neptune's Gold'

Eryngo, Variable-leaved sea holly

striking golden-yellow foliage and blue flowers

 
individually £13.50 each , 3+ £12.00 each 
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Useful extras...

Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Grow Your Own
AFTER PLANT GROW YOUR OWN seaweed is ready to use liquid concentrate that was specially formulated be used on all edible plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Afterplant - Tomatoes
AFTER PLANT TOMATO FEED Liquid Concentrate with Bio stimulant is a high potash liquid concentrate containing seaweed extract, plant derived amino acids and other nutrients specifically formulated to benefit tomatoes and greenhouse plants.
Only £8.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
3 options from £3.00

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow Ericoid mycorrhizal fungi
This specially adapted Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi will boost the growth of acid-loving plants like rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers and blueberries. It contains ericoid and arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, which are found in poor acidic soils where ericaceous plants naturally grow.
Only £7.50

Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Only £7.50

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