Eryngium Planum ‘Blue Hobbit’,
Sea Holly, zones 4-9
Sea Holly features open umbels of prickly steel-blue flowers, which are a favourite for cutting, fresh or dried. This unique dwarf strain ( 8-12 inches in full bloom) is ideal for the front of a sunny border or in mixed containers. The short silver blue stems produce metallic-blue sprays of abundant flowers that remain attractive for weeks. In time plants will spread to form a small patch. Tolerant of hot, dry sites, and soils high in salts. Perfect for containers and in the front of the border. Provides beautiful cut and dried flowers. To dry pick stems just as the flower clusters open fully, and hang upside down to dry in a warm, dark place. Attractive to bees and butterflies.One of the hardiest eryngium and proven to be reliable and long lived.
Sun Exposure: full sun
Soil type: Normal to sandy
Soil PH: all
Soil Moisture: dry (water weekly until established, once established is very drought tolerant)
Care level: easy (may need lime added if soil is acidic)
Flower color: deep blue blower with silver blue stems.
Bloom time: late spring to summer
Foliage Color: deep green
Uses and Characteristics: Accent: has beautiful texture, edging, border, coastal garden, container, cut and dried flower, drought tolerant, salt tolerant, attracts bees and butterflies, deer and rabbit resistant
Flower head size: small
Height: 25-30 cm (10-12 inches) Width: 30-45 cm (12-18 inches)
Growth Rate: medium
Propagation: Best left undisturbed. Take offsets or try root cuttings in early spring. May self seed but this should not cause a problem.
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