From its leathery lobed leaves to the spiny decorative bracts that host the flower, the dynamic 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 sharp-draining soil in the open sun, and are an arresting addition to the mixed border, especially when planted amidst Rudbeckia, Achillea and grasses.
Eryngium x zabelii ‘Donard Variety’ (P-2231)
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Presumably hailing from the famed Slieve Donard nursery, this valiant clump-forming perennial develops lustrous, toothed green rosettes, which shoulder erect branching stems topped with sensational soft-to-the-touch metallic-toned flowers. Prized by bees, butterflies and plant-lovers, the large thimble-style steel-hued heads are perched upon broad feathery ruffs of fine-hewn bluish gray bracts. ‘Donard Variety’ offers engaging winter interest, looks exceptional in fresh or dried arrangements, appreciates well-drained somewhat dry sites and makes a sensational partner for cohorts like Perovskia ‘Lacey Blue’ or Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’.
Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 15" – 18" wide.
Hardy to zone 5.
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Other selections in this genus:
- Eryngium agavifolium
- Eryngium alpinum
- Eryngium amethystinum
- Eryngium ‘Big Blue’
- Eryngium bourgatii
- Eryngium giganteum
- Eryngium planum ‘Blaukappe’
- Eryngium planum ‘Blue Glitter’
- Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’
- Eryngium planum ‘Silver Salentino’
- Eryngium planum ‘White Glitter’
- Eryngium proteiflorum
- Eryngium ‘Sapphire Blue’
- Eryngium variifolium
- Eryngium yuccifolium
- Eryngium x zabelii ‘Jos Eijking’