digging dog nursery mendocino coast   garden perennials from digging dog nursery

Eryngium bourgatii
at Digging Dog

Eryngium bourgatii

photo: Hans Hillewaert / CC-BY-SA-3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons


Sea Holly

Dynamic is a rare adjective to apply to a plant, but it’s the best we can think of to describe Eryngium. From its leathery lobed leaves to the spiny, decorative bracts that host the flower, the Sea Holly has a sense of movement that is up and out. Excellent in fresh or dried arrangements, the flowers are borne on tall, branching stems, and the terminal blooms hold their color while lateral flowers develop, until the entire stem is covered with mature blossoms.

Eryngiums love well drained soil in the open sun, and are an arresting addition to the mixed border, especially when planted amidst Rudbeckia, the Achilleas, and grasses.

Eryngium bourgatii full sun

Hailing from the Pyrenees, this easily grown perennial boasts a compact clump of crisp undulating gray-green foliage and decorative thistlelike blooms. The distinctive ground-level leaves are artfully chiseled into narrow segments and etched with striking broad white veins. Mustering long lasting cool-colored intrigue, the round, medium-sized blue-green flowers are tended by long iron gray linear bracts.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 12" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Eryngium bourgatii (P-0847)
Email me when this plant is available


Other selections in this genus

Please fill out our
Registration Form to receive news of updates to the web site and availability of new plants, to give us your feedback, and to be on the mailing list
to receive future printed catalogs.

Latest News

Digging Dog Nursery's borders recently featured in the new Garden Conservancy's book

We are proud to announce that we are among "50 of America's most beautiful gardens" in the Garden Conservancy's new book "Outstanding American Gardens"

Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

staff favorite plant

Fall Fanfare Sale! Enjoy a special savings and get a jump start on next Spring's planting! Order a minimum of $50.00 in plants, and receive a 10% discount. Or order $100.00 in plants, and receive a 15% discount. Our online sale lasts for 2 weeks only, beginning October 15 and ending October 30. Mention code "Fall Fanfare 2016" in the customer comments section of the order confirmation page to receive the discount. All orders must be shipped by November 1. All ordered items must be in-stock. Don't worry, we'll deduct the sale discount when we download your order. Only one offer per order./p>

More news, events, and favorite plants

Customer Comment:

“Am so thrilled with the plants I bought last week. Am busily sketching out a design plan for the cutting garden.”


view our comments page

view Digging Dog’s comments with Dave’s Garden (The Garden Watchdog)

digging dog on facebook digging dog on pinterest digging dog on instagram

Visit our pages on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram