Scientific Name: Eryngium variifolium
Common Name: marble-leaf sea holly, Moroccan sea holly
Family Name: Apiaceae
Origin: Africa
Hardiness Zone: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 °C)
Plant Type: Broadleaf evergreen
Mature Size: 0.2 - 0.4m x 0.1 - 0.3m (height x width)
Habit: Spreading
Form: Creeping / Mat-like, Mounded
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Alpine, Attract beneficial insects, Attract butterflies, Container planting, Cut flower or foliage, Mixed shrub border, Perennial border, Rock garden, Small garden/space, Spring interest, Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry
Leaves: Simple, Basal, Leathery, Prickly, Heavily veined, Lustrous, Ovate, Incised, Serrate, Spinose
Flowers: Umbel, Blue, Silver, Jul-Aug-Sep
Fruit: Achene, Schizocarp, Brown
Key ID Features:
Leaves mostly basal (also on branched stems), rounded, white veined; flowers silvery-blue with narrow, spiny silver bracts.