Spot the difference!
I think yours are both sea holly clarington...was it the broad leaved one you were unsure of?
I think it could be eryngium planum...what do others think?
I've had a few mislabelled plants from lidl, but they're so cheap, they're worth the risk and I've had some excellent properly labelled plants. The best time to go is a Thursday when you can buy them before they show signs of neglect
I think you are correct Victoria, I grew mine from Sarah Raven seed, and it is just like the one in the bottom half of your picture.
Thank you Victoria. I didn't know that there was a softer variety I thought they all had the sharp serrated leafs!
the other one could be E. bourgatii Clarington
The bottom one look like Eryngium gigantium first year Next year they will turn prickly and start shooting up.
Both sort of leaves in the photo.
I bought Eryngium alpinum seeds from Sarah Raven last year. They have smooth leaves but the flower spikes are just about to flower now.
Dokane; even though it seems out of season (the box says plant October - April) my local Tesco (south Yorkshire) is selling roots again albeit reduced (not as reduced as when I brought it).
Clarington I am so glad yours is a sea holly and thanks for the tip re Tesco.
I am determined to get an actual sea holly - I will not be thwarted again !
Thanks to all for the info and plant identification. This is a wonderful forum!