Hunting for nectar in Sea Holly!
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|Sea Holly, Eryngium planum is from the Greek word eringion meaning 'thistle'.|
ETYMOLOGY: Alteration of Latin eryngion, sea holly, from Greek erungion, diminutive of erungos
Sea Holly belongs to the family Umbelliferae and includes some 200 species. Sea Holly is a perennial herb that have been referenced in latin medical and herbal texts that date back to the late 12th century.
Generally grown ornamentally for their interesting metallic spiny-toothed foliage and flower heads that are formed from thistle-like bracts surrounding a central flower. It is these thistle-like bracts that give rise to the name Sea Holly.
All parts of this plant are highly ornamental. The intense, icy blue and gray flowers are striking with long, pointed bracts that radiate out beneath the flower heads. Hollylike foliage also has a blue hue, gray markings and blue stems. Dazzling in arrangements and borders. Attractive to butterflies, too. Given full sun and any well-drained soil, it will flourish for years, growing upright to 30" tall and spreading 18-24".
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Great shot of a wonderful plant. Didn't see it in Romania.
- [2005-12-04 13:32]
:o) wauuu beautiful shot :o)
Lovely shape and textures in this shot. Good close detail and shrpness is spot on. TFS.