Eryngium variifolium - Cultivation Notes
Eryngium's like it a sunny warm location with reasonably fertile yet never wet soil, being ideal for a dry border in full sun. Cut back to ground in autumn and avoid planting where foliage will be drowned by surrounding plants. Taller flower spikes might need support. Ideal for planting in a dry border with grasses.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage
Strengths of Eryngium variifolium:
- Sun loving drought tolerant plant
- Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
- Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
- Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
Weaknesses of Eryngium variifolium
- Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
- Does not produce showy attractive flowers
Design & Plant Use for Eryngium variifolium:
- Summer flowering plant suitable for drift planting
- Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
- Low growing ground cover planting on dry chalky soils
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