Day 227: Eryngium agavifolium

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


There’s never anything soft about a sea holly, but Eryngium agavifolium takes the spine‘O’meter reading up by several notches by mimicking the sharply toothed foliage of many species of agave. A handsome plant for full sun – wet winter conditions are rarely tolerated – with its desert flora looks, it comes as no surprise that its water requirements are modest, making it a prime candidate for the kind of dry garden planting many of us will be turning our minds to as summer temperatures rise year on year. That drainage, though, is key, and worth remembering for those of us on summer-baking, winter-sloshing clay soils.

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