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PlantFiles: Amethyst Sea Holly
Eryngium amethystinum

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eryngium (er-RIN-jee-um) (Info)
Species: amethystinum (am-eth-ee-STEE-num) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

10 members have or want this plant for trade.

Alpines and Rock Gardens

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive lmelling On Oct 23, 2004, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Grows wonderfully in well drained soil. I started with one and now have 4 growing in their little patch after 3 years. I have successfully dug up a few young ones and given them away to friends. Use a shovel, you need to dig deep enough to get most or all of the taproot. My eryngium seem to reproduce quite well in full sun and well drained soil.

The blooms are useful in small dried arrangements. Cut in full bloom when steel blue. Let dry upside down for a week.
The hold their color for generally at least a year.

Neutral Sis On Aug 31, 2001, Sis wrote:

Heat and cold-tolerant once established in average, well-drained soil.
No serious pests or diseases.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama
Fairport, New York
Ithaca, New York
Lakewood, Washington

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