Eryngium 'Miss Willmott's Ghost'
Miss Wilmott was a gardener who was reputed to secretly scatter Eryngyium giganteum seeds in gardens she visited. The plants would appear as if from nowhere with their ghostly flowers, thus the name 'Miss Wilmott's Ghost'. Thimbles of pale white-green flowers cradled in a luminous collar of silver, icicle-like bracts on stiff silver stems appear in spring and remain hauntingly beautiful right through to winter. A rare drought-tolerant biennial that makes an outstanding silvery cut flower.
Eryngiums love poor soils in hot dry conditions. Plant in full sun for maximum flower colour. Protect from frost. Cut back to the ground in late winter to encourage fresh new growth in spring and abundant flowering in early summer. Drought tolerant. Avoid transplanting. Tolerant of the toughest conditions, including coastal sites and poor soils. Good drainage is essential, especially in winter. Stake if necessary in fertile soils, and plant in multiples or among other perennials for support.