Eryngium  (Sea Holly) -  Blue thistle like flowers, sometimes the blue is so intense it is hard to believe they are not dyed.

Eryngium (Sea Holly) - Blue thistle like flowers, sometimes the blue is so intense it is hard to believe they are not dyed.

Eryngium × zabelii 'Jos Eijking' (PBR) - This delightful sea holly has long lasting, flowers that arrive in mid- to late summer, turning bright metallic-blue as they age and usually lasting well into the autumn. They have a strong architectural shape, so are best in uncrowded borders where they can really stand out on their own. Honey bees love their flowers so they are a perfect for adding to a sunny, wildlife-friendly garden.

Eryngium × zabelii 'Jos Eijking' (PBR) - This delightful sea holly has long lasting, flowers that arrive in mid- to late summer, turning bright metallic-blue as they age and usually lasting well into the autumn. They have a strong architectural shape, so are best in uncrowded borders where they can really stand out on their own. Honey bees love their flowers so they are a perfect for adding to a sunny, wildlife-friendly garden.

'Big Blue' Sea Holly for sunny garden,  deer-, rabbit-, and drought-resistant perennial shows off silvery foliage and iridescent silvery-blue flowers in midsummer...wonderful cut flower and  prime choice for butterfly gardens.  Name: Eryngium 'Big Blue'   Full sun  well-drained soil  Size: To 30 inches tall and wide  Zones: 4-9

Must-Grow New Perennials for 2013

'Big Blue' Sea Holly for sunny garden, deer-, rabbit-, and drought-resistant perennial shows off silvery foliage and iridescent silvery-blue flowers in midsummer...wonderful cut flower and prime choice for butterfly gardens. Name: Eryngium 'Big Blue' Full sun well-drained soil Size: To 30 inches tall and wide Zones: 4-9

Sea Holly is a very fancy thistle, and it really is this blue. An easy to grow perennial, it's long been a favorite in English cutting gardens, but will grow almost anywhere. The metallic blue flowers

Eryngium planum - Blue Sea Holly

Sea Holly is a very fancy thistle, and it really is this blue. An easy to grow perennial, it's long been a favorite in English cutting gardens, but will grow almost anywhere. The metallic blue flowers

Globe Thistle with Drumstick Allium:Serenity in the Garden: My Annual Reminder- Plant Drumstick Allium now Repinned by www.sailorstales.wordpress.com

Globe Thistle with Drumstick Allium:Serenity in the Garden: My Annual Reminder- Plant Drumstick Allium now Repinned by www.sailorstales.wordpress.com

Giant Sea Holly:  "Miss Whilmot's Ghost" Giant Sea Holly flowers Eryngium giganteum 'Silver Ghost'

Giant Sea Holly: "Miss Whilmot's Ghost" Giant Sea Holly flowers Eryngium giganteum 'Silver Ghost'

[eryngium giganteum - sea holly - 'Silver Ghost', plants available from Sarah Raven]

[eryngium giganteum - sea holly - 'Silver Ghost', plants available from Sarah Raven]

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