ERYNGIUM PLANUM – 2 litres
This is the second of our Sea Holly offering – whilst the Little Hobbitt is a small plant this is much more dramatic with showy globe-shaped grey-blue flower heads at 4 feet.
A true perennial, it has strong, erect stems that are an ornamental silver-blue colour. These divide and divide again to give innumerable small “pin-cushion flower-heads. This is planted all over the Long Border at Enchanted Gardens and they are “alive” with pollinating insects adding drama and colour, it is a wonderful, long-lasting cut flower, fresh or dried. They are surprisingly robust and hardy, coming through the wold winters here with no problems. You will need to divide them every three years as they expand once they are happy.
We have ceased growing other varieties of Eryngium as they are so problematic to germinate from seed – the more they are altered genetically and certain traits bred in or out they become very tricky and do not thrive in our opinion, we like to stick to standard species, traditional and true perennial.