Eryngium giganteum ‘Silver Ghost’
SILVER GHOST SEA HOLLY
In lovely Eryngium giganteum ‘Silver Ghost’ – The “giganteum” part refers to the flower heads which are large. And not to the whole plant which is compact.
Ghostly silver, blue & apple colouring
Eryngium ‘Silver Ghost’ is very eye catching with its metallic silvery-blue leaves.
Then in summer large heads of lovely apple-green flowers with blue stamens emerge.
And these are backed by large and conspicuous silver bracts.
The whole plant later develops a shining silvery hue.
With the flowers larger than the blooms on her sister E. ‘Miss Wilmot’s Ghost’, and much more silvery.
Large luminous blooms
Eryngium giganteum ‘Silver Ghost’ has a luminosity in the garden, and reaches its peak in late summer.
So it is romantically said to be best viewed at night, in the light of the full moon.
Adapted for harsh conditions
‘Silver Ghost’ was originally brought in from Turkish beech and pine forests, so it is well adapted to conditions that are at times harsh.
Superb cut flowers
Eryngium giganteum ‘Silver Ghost’ provides excellent cut flowers.
Which can be harvested and used fresh, or dried for permanent arrangements.
‘Silver Ghost’ enjoys Full Sun to Part Shade, in well drained soil.
60 cm. High with spectacular large branched flower heads x 45 cm Wide silver, ghostly foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Sow seeds at any time of year in punnets indoors / or scatter directly in the garden during winter-early spring. Seeds need a period of cold for best germination.
Indoors: Sow the seeds in punnets on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then press the seeds gently into the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
Now barely cover the seeds with mix / grit / washed sand.
Now place the sown, moist punnet in a warm, well-lit spot.
Temperatures of 18-22°C are ideal for rapid and optimum germination.
So you can use a temperature-controlled heat mat if you have one to encourage rapid germination, but it is not essential. A window-sill or well-lit corner is also fine.
Seeds germinate in approx. 5-30 days.
However if the seeds are shy to germinate after 4 weeks. Then cling wrap the moist, sown punnet and place in fridge (not freezer) for 4-6 weeks.
Then remove, unwrap, re-moisten, and return the sown punnet to well-lit warm place.
Prick out as seedlings as soon as possible after germination, and move into deeper pots, as the young plants quickly form long tap roots (which of course helps them to forage for water in a dry climate).
Seed Count: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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