NAME: Silver Sea Holly
OTHER COMMON NAMES: Giant Sea Holly / Miss Willmott's Ghost / Tall Eryngo
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eryngium Giganteum
COLOR: Pale Silvery Green - Blue
PLANT SEEDS: Summer / Fall Sow / Cold Stratify
BLOOM TIME: Summer (June - Aug in the N Hemisphere)
HARDINESS ZONE: 4 - 8
PLANT HEIGHT: 36 - 42"
PLANT SPACING: 18 - 24"
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Dry
QUANTITY: 10 Seeds
OTHER: Silver Sea Holly has conical flowers that start out green, blooming in unique steel blue shades. They are surrounded by thistle-like silvery white bracts that really stand out & shine in the garden. The flower heads are very showy, measuring as much as 4 – 6” wide, & they will attract bees & butterflies. They stand above an evergreen basal rosette mound of heart shaped leaves. Sea Holly has a long bloom time, & make a wonderful dried flower either left in the garden for winter interest, or cut for a dried floral arrangement.
This species is sometimes commonly called Miss Willmott’s Ghost in reference to Ellen Willmott (1858-1934), English gardener in Essex, who so loved this plant with its silvery ghost-like appearance that she reportedly scattered its seed on a regular basis in gardens she visited without telling the owners. (1) (1) Missouri Botanical Garden
The plants are deer & rabbit resistant, & will tolerate poor soil, drought, & coastal conditions. They are a biennial, so will bloom the second year from seed. While the parent plants will not return the following season after blooming, they will reseed themselves, giving you the next generation to enjoy in subsequent years. It has won a Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.
* We also have the lovely Blue Star Sea Holly seeds available in our store! The two look sooo lovely planted together! *
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Aug 27, 2021
Since these are seeds and I’ve not planted them yet, I’m not able to give a review.
Aug 5, 2021
Jul 28, 2021
Have grown these several times! They are a nice change from daisies!
Jun 20, 2021