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SEA HOLLY -- Eryngium 'Sapphire Blue' Sea Holly, not thistle, but similar quite beautiful

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The silver-blue petals and thistlelike foliage of sea holly (shown here with bright green dill) stand almost hip-high in the flowerbed. This ghostly giant is a biennial, and the plant readily reseeds itself. Grows comfortably in Zones 5-8.

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GLOBE THISTLE part sun- partial shade. these.are prickly and weed=like often pulled out and confused with an invasive plant. Just get gumtree balls, spray paint blue, glue onto a skewer and call it good.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Milk thistle plant... did you know every single part of the plant can be eaten? It has many health benefits, a good source of manganese, iron, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium. It destroys free radicals and is used to fight cancer, helps prevent and heal gallstones, and much else. To eat raw cut off the very edge of the thistle leaf. Boil to soften thorns and eat them like spinach thorns and all. Or whiz in a blender to tear up thorns. Frying the leaves makes the leaves crispy like potato…

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Globe Thistle with Drumstick Allium:Serenity in the Garden: My Annual Reminder- Plant Drumstick Allium now Repinned by www.sailorstales.wordpress.com

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Cynara cardunculus, Globe Artichoke - dramatic perennial, full sun, well drained soil, hardy, height 120cm, spread 90cm, can be divided

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Globe thistle is a fabulous, weirdly scultural plant that we don't see a lot of. Check out that steel blue color! Echinops ritro - globe thistle

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Must-Grow New Perennials for 2013

'Big Blue' Sea Holly for sunny garden, deer-, rabbit-, and drought-resistant perennial shows off silvery foliage and iridescent silvery-blue flowers in midsummer...wonderful cut flower and prime choice for butterfly gardens. Name: Eryngium 'Big Blue' Full sun well-drained soil Size: To 30 inches tall and wide Zones: 4-9

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