Steel Blue Sea Holly Seeds

Heirloom

#1232
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Sea holly brings extraordinary architectural beauty to the garden by day, and wonderment at night as it reflects the silvery moonlight. It blooms profusely through the summer, attracting pollinators and providing garden interest in winter with long-standing blooms. Cut flowers are captivating in fresh or dry arrangements. This tough plant thrives in poor soil, heat, and drought, and even tolerates salty soil as found in coastal areas. Perennial in USDA zones 5–9. Deer and rabbit resistant.

$1.89 400 mg

Botanical Name: Eryngium planum

Family: Apiaceae

Native: Europe and Asia

Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 5–9

Plant Dimensions: 24"–48" tall

Variety Information: ½"–1" flower heads made up of many tiny flowers start out green and turn to silvery-blue as the flowers open.

Exposure: Full sun

Bloom Period: Summer to frost

Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant

When to Sow Outside: Sow in fall or late winter.

When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED: 10 to 12 weeks before your average last frost date. Ideal soil temperature for germination is 70°–75°F.

Days to Emerge: 7–90 Days

Seed Depth: Press into surface

Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 18"–24"

Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to one every 18"–24"

Special Care: For optimal germination, stratify sea holly seeds. Stratification is the process of subjecting seed to moist, cold treatment to break dormancy, which occurs naturally when seed is sown outdoors in fall. When starting seed indoors in spring, sow the seed into a container of moistened seed-starting mix, cover with clear plastic wrap, and leave the container in a refrigerator for 2 to 3 weeks, then move to a room temperature location to germinate. Keep soil evenly moist.

Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning and change vase water frequently. For Drying: Harvest flowers when they are green; they will resist turning brown over time.

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Steel-blue they are!
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One of the best plants I have ever grown, these Steel-blue Sea Holly are aptly named as the buds go from a vivid purple-blue to steel blue and attract all kinds of grateful pollinators in a spectacular display of attraction. What a show; they are abuzz with life once the word gets out. I have grown these for many years and can't imagine a mid-late summer display without them in my zone 6 garden. Mine grow 4 feet tall and have the most beautiful rosette of leaves with some pointy tips just like a holly only more dramatically shaped. The goldfinches mob the drying seedhead clusters for forage for their young. The Steel-blue Sea Holly is a gift to your garden pollinators and to yourself if you love a bit of drama and highly unusual and very rare steely-blue color. I love them.
Christine
Owner Response: Wow! Thanks for sharing. Now we all want to grow these even more!

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