Eryngium maritimum

Sea Holly (Cuileann trá)

In the 16th century, Eryngium maritimum was considered a strong aphrodisiac. We are sworn to secrecy, but in any case, Sea Holly is a widespread native, easily recognised due to its waxy, spiky appearance. Sitting happily in clumps on the sand of many an Irish beach or dune, it has leathery, silver-blue, holly-like leaves with white veins. The whole plant is blue, as are the flowers: tiny and arranged in round umbels, out from June to September. Loved by bees. Good unusual looking plant for coastal themes or exposed areas.

Site: Seaside hardy
Soil: Well-drained sand or shingle
Position: Full sun
Season of Interest: Evergreen, blue flowers Jun-Sept, waxy leaves
Hardiness: Hardy
Height: 2ft (0.6m) Spread: 1.5ft (0.4m)

Type | Size: Pot | 9cm
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