Eryngium bourgatii Picos Blue
Eryngium bourgatii Picos Blue is a quite sublime new variety selected by Ronald McKenzie from seed collected from plants found growing in the Picos de Europa Mountains in Northern Spain. This outstanding variety has large true blue flowers in typical sea holly style. The showy parts of the flower of Eryngium bourgatii Picos Blue are in fact foliar bracts and start appearing in early summer, opening a ghostly silver and turning blue during the summer and autumn. The blue colour infuses into the multi-flowered stems. Foliage is a very pretty, slightly spiny but variegated in appearance. Plants are hardy deciduous perennials growing to 60cm in favourable conditions, the whole plant having a silver and blue appearance by late summer. The true flowers of Eryngium bourgatii Picos Blue sea holly are adored by the bees and bumble bees.
This plant is protected by Plant Breeders Rights - Variety name `Picos Blue’ - UK AFP30/144 Grant No 6982 1/9/99.
Very easy to grow in even in poor soils. Prefers awell drained and sunny position.