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

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GLOBE THISTLE part sun- partial shade. these.are prickly and weed=like often pulled out and confused with an invasive plant. Just get gumtree balls, spray paint blue, glue onto a skewer and call it good.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Globe thistle is a fabulous, weirdly scultural plant that we don't see a lot of. Check out that steel blue color! Echinops ritro - globe thistle

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from livedan330.com

Using Architectural Plants in the Garden

Globe thistle: Using architectural plants in your garden. I have this in my garden and it is very easy to divide. Does need support.

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from Better Homes and Gardens

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

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Perennials - Echinops - Veitch's Blue Globe Thistle Position: full sun or partial shade Soil: poor, well-drained soil Rate of growth: average Flowering period: August Hardiness: fully hardy

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