Two great native Eryngiums…unknown, but not for long

Since we have a passion for native plants, we constantly seek out both new species and new selections that simply aren’t widely known.

 Eryngium aquaticum var. ravenelii is one of those plants that leave us asking why it isn’t grown more.  Unlike most of the perennial native eryngiums that have green flowers, this one has bluish flowers that rival the European species. This well-behaved Southeast US native species has thrived in our garden.

Another eryngium that’s near and dear to our hearts is our 2006 introduction, Eryngium yuccifolium ‘Kershaw Blue‘.  Most Eryngium yuccifolium forms we’ve grown have narrow green leaves, and while nice, they can’t compare with the ornamental value of this wide leaf, silver blue selection. 

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