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|Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' flower detail|

|Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' flower detail|

From across the ocean, from across the floral universe, comes this interplanetary, extraordinary craft.  Have you ever seen such a fantastic flower before?  Maybe.  Well, I must admit, I am seriously crazy about our featured model today.  We're talking bananas, people.  May I present to you Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' in all of its electric-dynamite-eclectic overload of beauty.  Now, this is one of many species/hybrids of Eryngium otherwise commonly known as Sea Holly.  Now somehow, someway, a Dutch plant breeder created this bold blossom of blue steel.  I wish I could thank him personally because this is one plant that is just simply beyond!  Beyond what you say?  Beyond expectation, beyond beauty, beyond reality.  It's definitely otherworldly and cosmically chic.  I could go on.

|Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' profile|

|Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' profile|

So what's the deal with this plant?  Well, it's in the carrot family with a bit of thistle realness goin' on.  Its spiny foliage grows in mounded clumps about 18 inches wide.  The foliage, itself, is patterned with what looks like lightning strikes.  The look is bold and edgy.  In late spring, summer, and even fall, tall stalks up to 2, 2 1/2 feet arise from the foliage clumps to produce either arousing amethyst or blue steel starbursts of bracts that reveal icy cool cones of thistle-like flower heads.  The overall look is a plant architecture that is alluringly sculptural and sexy. Talk about texture for both the garden and as a cut flower.  Eryngium are considered a rock garden plant.  They love full sun, regular to low water, and well-draining soil.  These plants are perennial and do well in areas where temps fall as low as -20 fahrenheit/-28 celsius.  In areas of freezing and frost, the plants will defoliate until warm temperatures return.  In areas where temps stay above freezing, foliage is evergreen.

So isn't it time to put some intergalactic fantastic into your world?  Nothing like a close encounter of the Eryngium kind.  Check it out!