This beautiful mat-forming perennial from mountains and high valleys of western North America is an excellent plant for dry upland gardens. Its carpets of small spoon-shaped evergreen leaves give rise in summer to upright woolly calf-high flower stalks topped with tight rounded clusters of creamy yellow blooms. The flowers are a favorite of butterflies. The leaves are olive- to bright-green above and gray and felted underneath.
This plant does best in full sun and very well drained, relatively...
James H. Schutte
(Arugula, Garden Rocket, Jamba, Rocketsalad)
Long cultivated for its piquant leaves, arugula is a cool-season annual from the Mediterranean region. In spring and early summer it produces upright rosettes of lobed oblong leaves that make a sophisticated and zesty addition to salads. Later in the season it sends up a tall central stem topped with clusters of creamy-white flowers that are also edible. Plants will reseed unless flower stems are promptly removed. The variety sativa is the form usually grown.
Sow arugula as soon as the...
Blooms of Bressingham
(Sapphire Blue Seaholly, Seaholly)
This Blooms of Bressingham seaholly introduction offers lots of spiny flowers of bright, silvery lavender blue in summer. This hardy herbaceous perennial is a cross between Eryngium bourgatii and Eryngium alpinum. It forms a dense basal rosette of course blue-gray leaves and produces upright, branched stems covered with conical thistle-like flowers surrounded by colorful, spiny bracts. The flowers are attractive to many pollinators including butterflies
Sapphire Blue seaholly...
Ernst Benary® Inc.
Thistle-like leaves of green and silver, gray-violet stems and silvery blue flowers makes Pyrennes seaholly a refined perennial for gravelly gardens. Eryngium bourgatii is a hardy herbaceous perennial native to dry rocky mountain slopes of the Pyrennes in Spain. It has a basal rosette of rounded, lobed, coarse, spiny dark green leaves with silvery white veins. In summer it produces plume-like flowers with a rounded cluster of fertile, tiny gray-green or blue flowers surrounded by many spiny...
Mark A. Miller
(Miss Willmott's Ghost, Seaholly)
Thistle-like leaves and blue flowers with starry collars of silvery green makes Mrs. Willmott's ghost, or seaholly a favorite perennial for sunny gardens. Eryngium giganteum is a hardy herbaceous biennial native to the moist, well-drained soils of Iran and the Caucasus of extreme westcentral Asia. It has a dense basal rosette of heart-shaped, coarse, spiny and teethed green leaves iwth white edges and veins. In summer it produces starry flowers with a barreled cluster of fertile, tiny blue...