Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue'

Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue'

Sea holly

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue'
  • Common name: Sea holly
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Flower colour:
  • Blue
Foliage colour:
  • BlueGreen
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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Eryngiums make a striking addition to dry, sunny borders and gravel gardens. They have thistle-like flowers, made up of tiny flowers packed together in a tight cluster, surrounded by a ruff of spiny bracts. The flowerheads last well when cut and can also be dried. For best results grow eryngiums in free-draining soil, in a sunny position.

The spiny rosettes of Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue' are a more intense blue than the species, and are slightly larger. It's perfect for growing in a mixed herbaceous border or gravel garden, and makes a wonderful cut flower, both in fresh and dried arrangements.

Grow Eryngium bourgatii 'Picos Blue' in poor, free-draining soil, ideally at the foot of a wall where the soil remains dry over winter.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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