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Eryngium x zabelii ‘Jos Eijking’ (Sea Holly)

Zabel Sea Holly 'Jos Eijking', Sea Holly 'Jos Eijking', Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue'

Eryngium x Zabelii 'Jos Eijking', Zabel Sea Holly 'Jos Eijking', Sea Holly 'Jos Eijking', Dry soils plants, Sandy soils plants, Blue flowers, Blue perennials

Tall, with larger flowers than other varieties, Sea Holly ‘Jos Eijking’ (Eryngium x zabelii) is extraordinarily eye-catching with its multitude of intense, iridescent metallic blue flowers, tightly packed into egg-shaped heads, that light up the garden throughout summer. Its beautiful texture and unique color that extends onto the stems and leaves, coupled with its long-lasting flowering, easy care and remarkable qualities as cut flowers make it a favorite of gardeners. A favorite of bees and butterflies too!

  • Grows in clumps of stiffly erect, branched stems up to 28 inches tall (70 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in dry, sandy, well-drained soils. The sunnier the site, the more intense the blue! Tolerates poor soils. Avoid planting this plant in moist and fertile soils, where it will tend to sprawl and may require support. Drought and salt tolerant and deer resistant!
  • Excellent choice for sun baked, informal beds and borders or naturalistic plantings, where the steel blue flowers and foliage will superbly complement the vibrantly colored summer flowers. Ideal for small gardens. May be planted as a single specimen or in groupings. Perfect for cut or dried flower arrangements too!
  • Deadhead to preserve a neat appearance. Cut back in late summer after flowering is over.
  • Self-seeding may happen under satisfactory growing conditions, but rarely becomes a nuisance.
  • Transplants poorly and is best left undisturbed once established.

Learn How To Plant, Care, and Grow Spectacular Sea Holly (Eryngium)


Attractive, Sea Holly plants (Eryngium) are striking ornamental perennials grown for their arresting, thistle-like, silvery or blue tinted flower heads adorned with a ruff of showy bracts. Blooming in summer and sometimes into fall, they are exceptionally care-free plants if they are given a well-chosen site. Here are some basic rules that need to be followed to enjoy their splendid flowers.

Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Apiaceae
Genus Eryngium
Common names Sea Holly
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Eryngium leavenworthii (False Purple Thistle)
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Eryngium planum ‘Blue Cap’ (Flat Sea Holly)
Eryngium alpinum (Alpine Sea Holly)
Eryngium alpinum ‘Blue Star’ (Alpine Sea Holly)
Eryngium pandanifolium (Giant Sea Holly)

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Lavandula angustifolia ‘Melissa Lilac’ (Lavender)
Artemisia ludoviciana (White Sage)
Stipa tenuissima (Mexican Feather Grass)

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Learn How To Plant, Care, and Grow Spectacular Sea Holly (Eryngium)
While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 5 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 8
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Apiaceae
Genus Eryngium
Common names Sea Holly
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer, Salt, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Attracts Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow
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Do I Need?
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