Plants, Weird and unusual, Common and underutilized,
Mail order, flat rate of €12.50 throughout Ireland,
Mediterranean sea holly
Jaw dropping herbaceous perennial with thistle like silver-veined leaves, and vivid blue, branching stems bearing delicate whorls of spikes with narrow, spiny, usually silvery-blue or violet bracts. Highly attractive to bees and butterflies.
The long lasting prickly flowers are used by florists who use them for both fresh and dried flower arrangements.