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Dynamic is a rare adjective to apply to a plant, but it’s the best we can think of to describe Eryngium. From its leathery lobed leaves to the spiny, decorative bracts that host the flower, the Sea Holly has a sense of movement that is up and out. Excellent in fresh or dried arrangements, the flowers are borne on tall, branching stems, and the terminal blooms hold their color while lateral flowers develop, until the entire stem is covered with mature blossoms.
Eryngiums love well drained soil in the open sun, and are an arresting addition to the mixed border, especially when planted amidst Rudbeckia, the Achilleas, and grasses.
Smelling like a carrot, looking
a bit like a Yucca and once
used by pioneers and Native
Americans as an antidote
to rattlesnake venom, this
American tall grass prairie
dweller brandishes bold
bluish green lax rosettes.
Characterized by parallel
veins, bristly edges and a
glaucous finish, the 3 ft. long
sword-shaped leaves launch
an architectural wonder of
tightset thistle-style greenish
white spheres and pointed ivory bracts housed
within branched clusters on smooth stiff stems. A low
maintenance perennial that provides fantastic winter
interest, Rattlesnake Master obliges dry rocky soil and
can be planted amid softer textured grasses such as
Eragrostis chloromelas or Pennisetum spathiolatum.
Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.
Eryngium yuccifolium (P-1632)
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Our fall arrangement includes: Asters
I wanted this arrangement to celebrate the diverse beauty that autumn affords. It was photographed by acclaimed garden photographer, Saxon Holt, who happened to be visiting us.
Autumnal Fanfare: Lambent Leaves, Glistening Berries, Fleeting Flowers, last chance for Fantastic Fall Sale, Gift Certificates now on sale!
Here at Digging Dog, we’ve had some welcome rain to actually soak the soil. With the onset of shorter days and chilly nights, a quieter contemplative mood envelopes parts of the garden. As many herbaceous plants are fading into dormancy, evergreen shrubs, bold-toned leaves, textural seed-heads plus plump glistening berries take center stage. The impressive group of plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye when I strolled through the nursery and garden yesterday. I hope you enjoy these compelling autumnal offerings. In many locales throughout the country, there’s still time to tuck some botanical gems into an empty garden nook.
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Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Albion, CA 95410
Tues 10 am – 4 pm
Wed. 10:30 am – 4 pm
Thu. 12 pm – 4 pm
Fri. & Sat. 10:30 am – 4 pm