(Common Name: Sea Holly).

The common name should refer to one species in particular: Eryngium maritimum, which grows on beach edges, but it is now applied to the family as a whole.

Eryngium are varied genus that have in common thimble-shaped flower heads that are held on branched stems. All attract bees, butterflies and hover flies. They grow in a wide range of soils from very free-draining sand through to damp soils. Heights and flowering times vary.

Most can be propagated from seed, but named varieties won't come true. Otherwise divide in autumn (not always successful!) or plant root cuttings in winter.

A member of the Apiaceae family.

Eryngium zabelii Jewel

One of the best blue sea hollies with large, vivid, spiky flowers in mid summer About 2ft tall. We are really pleased to be able to offer this plant at last - lots of people have requested it so its sure to sell out quickly.


Eryngium zabelii Jos Eijking

Blue flowers with extra large electric blue, spiky bracts. About 1ft 6in tall. A stunner.


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