Eryngium varifolium 'Miss Marble'
Moroccan sea holly
Bred in 1997, 'Miss Marble' is an architectural and sculptural gem.
An evergreen with glossy, dark green leaves threaded with white, marble like veins.
In summer tall leafy stems emerge bearing small teasel like silvery-blue flowers each surrounded with a white spiny ruff that is very sharp. The bracts splay outwards giving the plant a slightly menacing demeanour.
Bold clumps are formed over time offering a challenge to unwary cats. Even deer seem to leave the flowers alone.
The plant tolerates a moister soil than most Eryngiums, preferring a rich soil that holds moisture without becoming waterlogged. All manner of insects are attracted to this beautiful plant.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Silvery dark green
Poor, well drained