A STAR IS BORN
English horticulturist Ellen Willmott so loved Eryngium giganteum, with its star-shaped foliage and flower cones, she allegedly carried seeds to secretly scatter in gardens she visited. Known as Miss Willmott’s ghost or sea holly, this short-lived herbaceous perennial adds architectural intrigue to gardens. Drought tolerant, it grows to 1m and its flowers go from pale green to blue as they mature. Grow in situ from seed as it’s hard to transplant.