Eryngium varifolium

Eryngium varifolium

Sea holly

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Eryngium varifolium
  • Common name: Sea holly
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 50cm

Spread: 50cm

  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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Eryngium varifolium is a compact sea holly, bearing small spiky flowers on sturdy, upright stems from July to September. It looks wonderful in gravel gardens and large herbaceous borders. The small flowerheads last well when cut for use in arrangements, and can also be dried.

For best results grow Eryngium varifolium in free-draining soil in full sun. Keep away from the edge of a border if children are present because the spines are very sharp.

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

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