Eryngium pandanifolium seeds

Giant Sea Holly

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Quick Overview

  • Tall architectural plant
  • Long toothy glaucous sword-like foliage
  • Very tall inflorescence
  • Hardy in mild regions
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Description

Eryngium pandanifolium, the Giant Sea Holly, is one of the largest of the Eryngiums and is native to the southern part of South America where it grows in alluvial damp ground and along riverbanks. It forms a magnificent tall rosette with long sword-like silvery glaucous-green leaves that are sharply toothed. Eryngium pandanifolium establishes a dramatic architectural presence in the garden that can't be ignored. It is an exceptionally quick-growing plant and its attractive spiky-margined arching foliage - resembling a Puya - will, by mid-summer, have begun to send up its tall flowerspike that rapidly reaches up to 3m in height, the small tufty flowers slowly turning from pale green to pinkish-purple as the season develops. Because of this height it is best situated in a sheltered but sunny position where it has some protection from the prevailing winds.

Hardy in those parts of the UK that enjoy a milder climate its geographic range can be significantly extended by wrapping its base in horticultural fleece during the worst of the winter weather. It forms a large clump by creating offsets and at the end of each autumn when the flower-spike has begun to turn brown some of these offsets can be separated and kept in pots and placed in a glasshouse or on a windowsill as an insurance in case of a brutal winter. Given a good thick mulch it will sprout again in the spring.

Additional Information

Order Apiales
Family Apiaceae
Sub-Family No
Synonyms Eryngium decaisneanum, Eryngium oligodon, Eryngium pandanifolium var. atrocephalum, Eryngium paniculatum var. oligodon
Geographical Origin Argentina, southern Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay
Cultivation Warm south-facing aspect, full sun, sheltered from the wind. Free-draining soil
Eventual Height Flower-spike to 3m
Eventual Spread 1-2m, clumping
Hardiness Hardy in the south and on those areas of the west coast that benefit from the Gulf Stream. Mulching and extra protection with fleece during winter in other areas is a sensible precaution

Eryngium pandanifolium seeds

Giant Sea Holly

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