4 responses to “Eryngium leavenworthii”

  1. marilyn brown

    What a wonderful, joyful photo !

  2. Jane / MulchMaid

    I know, grow, and enjoy a number of beautiful Eryngium, but E. leavenworthii is new to me. Thanks!

  3. Fran Stallings/Earthteller

    Dried, they keep their purple color for over a year if kept out of direct light. Showy and handsome!
    But you must wear heavy gloves to handle them. Very stickery.

  4. Steve Edler

    We have two native Eryngium in Britain. The rare E. campestre & the common E. maritinum. The latter is what we call Sea Holly; all others are called Eryngo. Sea Holly grows on sand or shingle by the sea, hence its name.
    In the 1600s, the physician Thomas Brown noted it was widely collected here in Norfolk & the roots turned into sweetmeats. These were used as an aphrodisiac & were an important ingredient of marmalade. Queen Anne tried it in an attempt to have a son, but it did not work. Henry VIII also used it.
    Nowadays we just use the various Eryngos as garden plants. They are magnificent.

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