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Eryngium giganteum

Miss Willmott's Ghost

Plant Type:


Eryngium giganteum - Miss Willmott's Ghost flowers with large thistle-like flower heads in a silvery green to blue-green shade from branched stems upon the upper third of the inflorescence. Each flower has an inches tall pine cone-like structure rather like a giant thimble rising up from the center surrounded by spiny bracts at the base providing the fascinating foil for their bold and fascinating garden posture. These arrive in late spring and continue into summer from tufts of green serrated spade-shaped leaves at ground level. The flowering event lasts well into summer and is a magnet for all manner of flying insects: bee flies, bumble bees, honeybees and those wasps that prefer nectar to predatory forays. The Giant Sea Holly is a bold biennial that when happy will self-sow in part shade to full sun. A colony is memorable. Miss Willmott can haunt our landscape wherever she wishes. Once seen it is anticipated in all coming seasons. Might be best interred in spring for northern customers. Established plants from seed.


30 in


48 in


Blue Green, Silvery
Item Description Price  
ERYNGIG Eryngium giganteum (3.5 inch Square Press Fit Pot Extra Deep – 1.52 pints / 720 ml.) $12.00 Sold Out

Characteristics and Attributes for Eryngium giganteum

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Late Spring / Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage)

  • Spring / Summer / into Autumn

Nature Attraction

  • Deer Resistant
  • Honey Bees & Native Bees
  • Butterflies


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Mostly Sunny


  • Cutting Garden
  • Border
  • Accent
  • Natural Garden
  • Massing
  • Grass Garden

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Moderately Fast


  • Draining
  • Fertile


  • Caucasus
  • Iran

Propagated By

  • By Seed / Potted