Eryngium - Blue Sea Holly - Jos Eijking

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Eryngium Blue Sea Holly is a unique variety for the garden. Its captivating blooms and foliage are a sight to see in bloom. Their leaves and blossoms have an unique look all their own and grow in a range of growing conditions. Their silvery-blue-green stems produce blue cones surrounded by silvery-blue bracts that bloom throughout the summer. These amazing plants are drought tolerant, deer and critter resistant, water-wise and attract butterflies like few other plants do. They are also perfect for cut and dried flowers.

About this Variety

Eryngium Jos Eijking, also commonly known as Sea Holly is the tallest with the largest flowers of the commercially available Sea Hollys. Their eye-catching striking blue stems and flowers create intense interest in the summer to the mid-fall garden. The flowers are long lasting, turning brighter as they mature during the blooming season. Use to attract wildlife, plant in gravel areas, beds and borders, coastal and cottage gardens and grow as cut flowers. Much architectural interest.

Highlights

  • Drought resistant
  • Beautiful, showy blooms
  • Grows well in containers, garden beds and borders
  • Excellent for cut flower arrangements
  • Easy to grow

Exposure:

Full Sun

Blooms:

Summer

Height:

Grows 24-36" tall

Spacing/Depth:

Plant 18-24" apart, 1-2" deep

USDA Zones:

Grow as Perennial in zones 4-9. Grow as Annual elsewhere.

Growing Instructions

Plant Eryngium in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a full sun location in moist but well draining soil. Soil preparation: The ideal soil is porous and drains well and yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments (peat moss or ground bark). Spread a 3-4" layer of soil amendment, add fertilizer and incorporate together into the soil to a depth of 10". To plant: Dig a hole 1-2" deep in a sunny (at least 6 hours of direct sun), well drained location. Place the Eryngium in hole with roots pointed down and space 18-24" apart. Cover with soil and water. Mulch in extreme climates.

Care Tip

Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional blooms.