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Eryngium bourgatii

Eryngium bourgatii
Pyrenees sea holly
Eryngium bourgatii

Common name Pyrenees sea holly
Family apiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue
Size 1-2 ft
Light full sun
Cultural notes well-drained soil
From seed needs several weeks cold, then germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensearly September

Wonderful smaller sea holly, more refined than E. planum or E. giganteum, with subtly variegated foliage that's especially impressive when it first emerges in spring.

Pyrenees sea holly
Looks wickedly prickly, but really doesn't cause much trouble to the gardener
Eryngium bourgatii
Late April, a couple weeks after re-emerging
Pyrenees sea holly

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Read about all the eryngium species in our garden

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '00 garden. Baggy 35F (6w; a few G)-70F (total 50%G)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (7w; G started 5w)-70F (some more G, up to 3w). Overall 67%G.
  3. Seed from NARGS '09/'10 exchange. Baggy 35F (13w; 35%G, 4-12w) - 70F (10%G, 3d)
  4. Seed for 'Picos' from '11 trade. Baggy 35F (13w; 88%G, 5-11w)
  5. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 35F (14w; 15%G, 11-12w) - 70F (no further G, 9d).
    Seed for 'Picos' from '11 trade. Baggy 35F (14w; 74%G, 13-19w)
  6. Seed from '12 garden. Baggy 35F (13w; 25%G, 10-13w) - 70F (no further G)

Seedlings are vulnerable to damp-off - maintain well-drained conditions, don't overwater.

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