Eryngium giganteum M.Bieb., Fl. Taur.-Caucas. 1: 201 1808. (Syn: Eryngium asperifolium F.Delaroche; Eryngium glaucum Hoffm.);
Eryngium giganteum (Miss Willmott’s ghost) is a species of flowering plant in the Apiaceae family, native to the Caucasus and Iran.
It is a short-lived herbaceous perennial thistle, growing to 1 m (3 ft 3 in), and producing branched heads of pale green conical flowerheads surrounded by spiny bracts in summer. The flowers turn blue at maturity. It usually dies after flowering and is therefore normally grown as a biennial.
The common name refers to Ellen Willmott, who is said to have carried seeds at all times, planting them in the gardens of fellow horticulturalists.
(From Wikipedia on 29.9.13)
Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) Week for ID : Eryginium SEA HOLLY varieties U D 8 4 2011 002: Family: Apiaceae
Botanical Name: Eryngium x tripartitum (fig 1,2) and
Eryngium giganticum (fig 3,4 )
sea holly in Flower arranging show and trade…(5, 6)
First four taken at NYBG summer of 2008. The trade pics from Kolkata 2007.
What has stayed with me over the years about sea holly, ever since I was about 5 years old or so …when I first saw my mom use them in dry flower arrangements is the heavenly blue… that somehow has light and shade and seems to play hide and seek, just like the she hen of the peacock family’s tail feathers… that are usually nothing spectacular… yet beautiful… that’s why I never had the heart to delete these pictures from 2007 and 08…