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Eryngium giganteum
Common Name: Miss Willmott's Ghost Family: Apiaceae (The Carrot/Parsley Family)

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With its bluish-green leaves and large, silver-white flowerheads this sea holly is literally transfixing in the garden. In Victorian times Miss Willmott is said to have surreptitiously sprinkled the seeds of this species in other peoples' gardens! Even after she had died Miss Willmott's Ghost still haunted the gardens that she had visited. This peculiar genus from the carrot family is found around the world but with its centre of diversity in South America. There are also a number of European species.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Southwest Asia and Asia Minor
Native Habitat:
Some sea hollies are native to rocky and coastal areas, but the majority are grassland plants.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread8-12'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureLoves Sun Full - Part Sun Sun  Foliage ColourBluish Green 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem ColourWhite 
Hardiness Zone5-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Achillea millefolium "'Cerise Queen'"
Agastache "'Blue Fortune'"

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