Miss willmott's ghost

Eryngium giganteum

Miss willmott's ghost - Eryngium giganteum

Common Name: Miss willmott's ghost
Genus: Eryngium
Species: giganteum

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Good for a rock garden

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.30 m (30 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Blue, Grey
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Easily recognised by their ruff of spiky bracts surrounding a prominent cone-like centre of tiny flowers, sea hollies make a bold statement in a sunny border or gravel garden. This variety is also known as 'Miss Wilmott's Ghost' after the nineteenth-century gardener Ellen Wilmott who liked to secretly scatter seeds of the plant in other people's gardens. The name could equally apply to the plant's appearance with its ruff of large prickly steely-grey bracts that shine a ghostly silver in the sun. The marbled heart-shaped foliage is attractive too and shown off to best effect planted in gravel. Or try this Eryngium in bold clumps among grasses. Eryngiums are also perfect for use in dried flower arrangements. This variety is biennial but self-seeds freely.

  • Garden care: This eryngium looks tatty after flowering so cut it to the ground in autumn. Lift and divide large colonies in spring.


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