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Eryngium giganteum

Miss Willmott's ghost

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers



Skill level


photo by Jo Whitworth, copyright GAP Photos (18564)

Plant details

This biennial sea holly produces a rosette of fleshy green leaves in its first season. Its character changes in the second year when it produces a stiff, much-branched stem with showy, silvery white flower heads, composed of a cone of tiny flowers and viciously spiny bracts.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Eryngium

Species: giganteum

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver variegation

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: August to October

Time to divide plants: March to April

Flowering period: June to August

Reader reviews

Jane Foley

Love this beautiful and trouble free plant, and have grown it in several gardens I have made; London, and two other counties. It is very elegant, and the colour sits well with almost any others, but because it is rather showy, I feel it is best with more subtle plants of a lesser stature.

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