Miss Willmott's Ghost

Eryngium giganteum

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A close up of a white Eryngium giganteum flower on a plant
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Eryngium giganteum is also known by the name Miss Willmott's ghost. It is a robust, herbaceous, biennial or short-lived perennial species with a bushy habit. It doesn't usually exceed a metre in height and spreads to around half a metre wide. Produces heart-shaped leaves at the base and spiny stem leaves further up. Small blue flowers are produced in umbel arrangements, they are cone-like and thistley. Flowers are surrounded by prominent rosettes of light white to silver-grey, spiny bracts. This plant provides a fantastic display, growing best in full sunshine and dry, well-draining soil. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Caucasus, Eurasia.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral, Alkaline, Acid

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Apiaceae

Flower colour

Blue

Scent

None
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