From its leathery lobed leaves to the spiny decorative bracts that host the flower, the dynamic 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 sharp-draining soil in the open sun, and are an arresting addition to the mixed border, especially when planted amidst Rudbeckia, Achillea and grasses.
Hailing from the Pyrenees, this easily grown perennial boasts a compact clump of crisp undulating gray-green foliage and decorative thistle-like blooms. The distinctive ground-level leaves are artfully chiseled into narrow segments and etched with striking broad white veins. Mustering durable cool-colored intrigue, the round, medium-sized blue-green flowers are tended by long, linear iron-gray bracts.
Size: 12" high x 12" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Eryngium alpinum
- Eryngium amethystinum
- Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
- Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’
- Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’
- Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’
- Eryngium planum ‘Silver Salentino’
- Eryngium planum ‘White Glitter’
- Eryngium proteiflorum
- Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’
- Eryngium variifolium
- Eryngium yuccifolium
- Eryngium x zabelii ‘Jos Eijking’