Eryngium x zabelii 'Big Blue'

Big Blue Sea Holly

Newly planted

Newly planted

Patents: PP#20636

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Eryngium

Parent: Eryngium x zabelii

Category: Perennial

Zones: 5 to 9

Size: 24 to 30" tal and 18" wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun


Iridescent blue flowers in summer, blue stems and silver variegated leaves. Good cut flower. Needs good drainage. Attracts butterflied. Deer resistant. Drought tolerant.

Selected for its upright columnar habit, strong stems, large blue flowers, good garden performance. Remove old stems to the ground in late autumn or early spring.


Patent application filed in 2008 by Jeff Hodson of Preston, England. Result of an open cross-pollination in Preston, Lancashire, of two unnamed cultivars of Eryngium x zabelii in 1997.

Introduced by Blooms of Bressingham.

My Experience: 

I purchased a 1-gallon plant at Gardenhood in May 2012 and planted it in the 'Octagonal Perennial Garden'.

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