How to Grow Sea Holly (Eryngium Amethystinum)

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Sea holly is a beautiful, perennial plant that is used in many flower arrangements. Cut down sea holly to enjoy it in the winter with help from a sustainable gardener in this free video on flower gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to learn all about sea holly. It's a gorgeous plant from the Adriatic Sea. So, sea holly is native to any of the areas around the Adriatic Sea, which is between Italy and Yugoslavia all the way down to Sicily, which is the last island on the bottom of Italy, and so they grow in any of the regions, natively, around there. So, the amethyst sea holly is also known as eryngium amethystinum, and it is found through Adriatic Sea to Sicily, and it's a perennial; comes back year after year if you live in zones seven to nine. So, if you live in a colder zone than that you have to bring em' in in the winter, so either store em' inside in a container or just start em' by seed every spring. The sea holly looks just like a thistle and makes a great dried flower. They're used in many, many dried flower arrangements. And they have almost spherical purple to blue flower heads. It looks like someone spray painted them. And they're surrounded by narrow, spiny purple tinted bracks, so that they're pretty sharp, and they can get up to two feet tall. So, the sea holly is a easy plant to grow. Just start it by seed in the spring, and let it grow all summer; let it bloom. Take the, cut them down and dry them as a dried flower and you can enjoy them all winter. They're very rewarding in the garden.