Throughout summer, upright, branching stems of silver blue, aging to blue flowers open in the centre of snowflake like, spiny bracts. This sun loving, easy care, dry tolerant plant is sure to turn heads.
The evergreen foliage grows to forms clumps of deeply divided leaves in shades of silver and green. Their spiky form is excellent for adding texture to the garden and they are quite long lived. The leaves are each around 5cm long with silver and green marbling. Both the flowers and the foliage make a gorgeous addition to a flower arrangement.
Sea Holly are a perfect complement to a cottage border, and as they establish you will get to enjoy more and more flowers. If you dead head the spent flowers throughout the season, you can increase bloom time – we have had it in flower from around November to May.
Plant Moroccan Sea Holly in a sunny spot to get the best colouring. Sea Holly grows best in moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil. Though, in saying this, they are quite adaptable as they are endemic to poor, dry and rocky soils. Good drainage is the most important element and they can thrive in hot, dry sites once established as they have a long tap root. It is best to water well initially, it takes around 4-6 weeks for the roots to penetrate the surrounding soil so it is important to keep them moist after planting.
Sea Holly is a member of the parsley family, Apiaceae.
Supplied as: Pots
Size: 7.5 cm
Summer to autumn
Cool to Mediterranean