Eryngium 'Jos Eijking'

Sea holly

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photo by Tim Gainey, copyright GAP Photos (146148)

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The best of the thistle-like spiky sea hollies have a ruff of metallic blue bracts, and a packed dome of tiny bluish flowers in the centre. This Dutch hybrid is just the right height for the front of a border, but if you've got manic children charging around and going flying, place it further back where both are safer. Gravel and Mediterranean-style gardens are a good choice because sun and free-drainage is vital. Because of the long tap root anchoring it in place (the eryngiums belong to the carrot family), established plants don't like being moved. A couple of plants soon make a decent clump. Good for dried arrangements.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Eryngium

Cultivar: Jos Eijking

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Blue-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

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