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Sharon Perrett

Portsmouth, United Kingdom

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As I passed a garden on my travels during the summer these beautiful Sea Hollies caught my eye with their striking colour,

Sea Holly, Eryngium planum is from the Greek word eringion meaning ‘thistle’
Generally grown ornamentally for their interesting metallic spiny-toothed foliage and flower heads that are formed from thistle-like bracts surrounding a central flower. It is these thistle-like bracts that give rise to the name Sea Holly.

Sea Holly flowers, bracts and upper stems develop a steel blue gray color in the later part of their growing season. If dried in darkness, this blue will remain and offers a very interesting texture and rare natural blue color. Sea Holly is an excellent dried flower but we recommend wearing gloves when working with it to avoid the spiny leaves.

It is worth noting that there are a number of named Sea Holly cultivars and hybrids in existence that range in height, flower structure and flower color. One of favorites that offer an unusual pronounced white vein in a more narrow leave is the cultivar Sea Holly cv. ‘Jos Eijking’.
Also a European coastal herb of the genus Eryngium (E. maritimum) that has spiny leaves and pale blue flowers and was formerly used as an aphrodisiac

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