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sea holly??? I don't think so



  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949


    Spot the difference!

  • Victoria SpongeVictoria Sponge WearsidePosts: 3,438

    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?

  • B3B3 South East LondonPosts: 23,587

    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

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • 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.

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    Thank you Victoria. I didn't know that there was a softer variety I thought they all had the sharp serrated leafs!

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,778

    the other one could be E. bourgatii Clarington

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,362

    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.

  • KeenOnGreenKeenOnGreen Posts: 1,719


    I bought Eryngium alpinum seeds from Sarah Raven last year. They have smooth leaves but the flower spikes are just about to flower now. 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    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). 

  • dokanedokane Posts: 26

    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!

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