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Eryngium creticum

Eryngium creticum
Crete eryngo; field eryngo
Eryngium creticum

Common name Crete eryngo; field eryngo
Family apiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue
Size 24"
Light sun
From seed Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

Native to southeast Europe, western Asia and Egypt. A fairly typical eryngium of the all-blue type. It bloomed profusely the same year we started it from seed, the flowers carried in a much denser tangle of wiry stems than its lookalikes (E. planum and E. tripartitum in our garden). The leaves have the same leathery quality, but are larger than others in our garden. It has proven hardy in our climate (whose winters are much harsher than those on Crete!), surviving for many winters near our mailbox.

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 '07 trade. Baggy 65F (50%G, 5-15d).
    Also Baggy 35F (33d; 20%G, 33d) - 70F (42%G, 2-6d)
  2. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 65F (76%G, 4-10d)

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