Thursday, June 21, 2007

a wild & crazy ...

visiting cleveland's 'kentucky community garden' last week with a friend, I encountered a plant which captured my eye. yes, I have perennials on the brain these days seeing that I'm finally putting in a perennial bed (we've lived in this house for 2 years, guess it's about time!). another reason I'm smitten with this plant as it's a bit like one of those crazy plants one encounters in a dr. seuss book - guess I have dr. seuss on my brain too since this summer marks the 50th anniversary of the cat in the hat! click here for info on how you can use the cat to support literacy in your community.

SEA HOLLY, Eryngium planum is from the Greek word eringion meaning 'thistle'. sea Holly belongs to the family Umbelliferae and includes some 200 species. indigenous to southern european sea shores and some native species occur in both south and north america. sea holly is a perennial herb that have been referenced in latin medical and herbal texts that date back to the late 12th century.

picture: sis' sea holly cleveland, ohio 2007

4 comments:

Colette Amelia said...

watch it, sea holly can really overtake a garden, give it lots of room. I love this variety and when I saw the larger variety I was really blown away. Ornamental thistle is another archetectual beauty.

kimy said...

thanks for the heads up! it is always good to know what takes over. I love ornamental thistle, which is probably why I was drawn to the 'sea holly'

iBlowfish said...

When I enlarge the bigger size, the picture is very sharp. A wild & crazy!

Colette Amelia said...

I like the icy silvery blue and the crisp foilage.