Eryngium 'Miss Willmott'S Ghost'

Eryngium giganteum

Ghostly thimbles of pale white-green flowers cradled in a luminous collar of silver, icicle-like bracts appear on stiff silver stems in spring and remain right through until winter.A rare drought-tolerant biennial that makes an outstanding silvery cut flower.

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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.

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Full sun, extremely drought-hardy and tolerant of the toughest conditions, including coastal sites and poor soils. Good drainage is essential, especially in winter. Stake if necessary in fertile soils, plant in multiples or among other perennials for support. Cut back when flowering finishes or leave to self seed and enjoy overwinter for sculptural effect. Biennial, self seeds readily for enduring succession in the garden.

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