There are about 2species. The genus has a cosmopolitan distribution, with the center of diversity in South America. Common names include eryngo and amethyst sea holly (though the genus is not related to the true hollies, Ilex).

It flowers in mid to late summer with cylindrical umbels, . They can be more difficult to grow in . They are very tolerant of dry conditions and also handle salt spray with ease.

Erect, branched stems bear deeply-lobe silvery blue-green, spiny leaves and small, blue, terminal flowerheads with narrow, spiny bracts, 2. Its beautiful texture, unique color, long-lasting flowering, easy care and b. Basal leaves ( typically elliptic to oblong, cordate-based and deeply-toothed) form a rosette to tall and . Fast worldwide delivery. Many rare and unusual varieties. Stem soli branched in upper part.

Flower: Corolla regular (actinomorphic), bluish, less than mm . This tap-roote drought-resistant plant produces silver ruffs and bee-pleasing thimbles on silver stems.

Start off by buying two ready-grown plants in one year and then two in the following year. Leave the seed heads to allow the . Blomstene i tette hoder, ofte med vakkert fargete svøpblad. Eryngium eburneum (bromelifolium). Cut down sea holly to enjoy it. Attractive blooms have a metallic shine.

Tolerates hot, sunny locations. Plants produce flowers during the second year of growth and in subsequent years. Also known as plains eryngo and flat sea holly.

Perennial in Zones 3- 8. Thimble-sized light blue, thistle type flowers are carried on well-branched blue stems. At the base sits a rosette of deep green leaves. Makes an excellent cut flower.

Note that the stamens come out as bright blue filaments. When picked (cautiously!), maintains its color and shape, adding a unique touch to dried arrangements. Looking for a fascinating addition to the garden?

Then why not consider growing sea holly flowers.

Sea hollies can provide unique interest.