Ernst Benary® Inc.
(Blue Eryngo, Blue Hobbit Eryngo, Blue Hobbit Seaholly)
Evergreen thistle-like leaves and steel blue flowers makes the dwarf Blue Hobbit seaholly or blue eryngo a favorite perennial for sunny, gravelly gardens and containers. Eryngium planum is a hardy herbaceous perennial native to dry rocky mountain slopes of southeastern Europe to central Asia. It has a dense basal rosette of heart-shaped, spiny dark green leaves that are leathery. In summer 'Blue Hobbit' is covered in plume-like flowers with a barreled cluster of fertile, tiny pale blue...
Ernst Benary® Inc.
(Blue Eryngo, White Glitter Eryngo, White Glitter Seaholly)
Evergreen thistle-like leaves and glistening silvery ivory flowers makes the White Glitter seaholly a favorite perennial for sunny, gravelly gardens. Eryngium planum is a hardy herbaceous perennial native to dry rocky mountain slopes of southeastern Europe to central Asia. A selection from the growers at Ernst Benary in Germany, 'White Glitter' has a dense basal rosette of heart-shaped, coarse, spiny dark green leaves that are leathery. In summer it produces pincushion-like flowers with...
(Button Snakeroot, Rattlesnake Master)
Sword-shaped clumps of spiny, gray-green leaves are topped in summer by tall stems of pale silvery-green flowers on the imposing rattlesnake master. A semi-evergreen perennial that grows from a deep taproot, it is native to the rocky, drier glades and prairies across the eastern United States. It is an upright plant that will become a tufted clump.
Each leaf is sword-shaped, blue-gray to gray-green and has spines along the edges. Leaves cluster in a basal rosette. In midsummer onwards, towering...
James H. Schutte
(Cherokee Bean, Coral Bean, Coral Tree, Red Cardinal)
Uniquely shaped blue-green foliage and brilliant red spikes of tubular summer flowers make red cardinal a garden conversation piece! A semi-herbaceous perennial that grows from a woody root, it can be nearly evergreen in frost-free regions and deciduous in the coldest areas of its hardiness. It is native to the seasonally dry pine forests of the southeastern United States and extreme northeastern Mexico.
The compound leaves of red cardinal are made up of three bright blue-green, club-shaped...
(Fireman's Cap, Shrub Coral Tree)
In late spring or summer the fiery scarlet-red flower spikes of fireman's cap emerge above the foliage and thorny stems. A deciduous shrub or small tree, it is a hybrid between the cry-baby tree (Erythrina crista-galli) and Cherokee bean (E. herbacea). The original cross occurred in the 1840s at Camden Park just outside of Adelaide, Australia. Fireman's cap becomes an open, sparse tree with upright to arching branches. At the coldest end of its hardiness, where winters have subfreezing...
(Dwarf Red Redclaws, Escallonia)
Bearing masses of pretty flowers over a long season, this dense, small to medium-sized, evergreen shrub makes a handsome four-season ornamental for gardens with relatively mild winters. A hybrid that traces its ancestry to species from South America, it has erect branches set with small, narrowly oval, glossy dark green leaves. Clusters of small, five-lobed, rosy-red flowers are borne in abundance in late spring and more sparingly through much of summer.
This sun-loving shrub prefers well-drained,...
Tufted poppy is a California native annual that is well-adapted to garden and container use. Bright yellow cup-shaped flowers rise above delicate, gray-green, finely dissected foliage in summer. The numerous four-petal blossoms release a light scent.
Tufted poppy likes sun and poor, well-drained soil and withstands very dry conditions. Challenges to success of this pretty perennial are excessive moisture that can lead to fungal and rot problems. If well-sited it will reseed and may return year...
(Sundew Poppy, Tufted Poppy)
Sundew poppy is a California native annual that is well-adapted to garden and container use. Scented lemon-yellow cup-shaped flowers rise above delicate gray-green finely dissected foliage in summer.
Sundew poppy likes sun and poor, well-drained soil and withstands very dry conditions. Providing strategic watering in summer will prolong flowering but be aware that excessive moisture leads to fungal problems and numerous types of rot. If well-sited it will reseed and may return year after year.