Eryngium variifolium Miss Marble description
Violet blue flowers on upright stems in the summer.
Spiney leaves with a variable silvery variegation.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for other wildlife – birds like the seeds.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for a free draining bed in full sun. Won’t tolerate soggy soil or shade. Can grow in an alpine bed or rock garden, containers, the front of a free draining border, by a patio or in a tub. Best not to put it close to where people can touch it as the foliage is spikey.
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Common names: Variable-leaved Sea Holly Miss Marble, Marble-leaf Sea Holly Miss Marble and Moroccan Sea Holly Miss Marble.
The plant originates from Northern Africa.
The best position in the garden:
Requires sun in a sheltered spot.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil.
How much moisture:
Normal, or dryish, stony.
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy in free draining soil.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 50 cm.
Spread 35 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 9 plants per square metre.
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