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Follow our progress as beekeepers, running the nursery, creating our own bee-haven and conducting research into the best plants for bees

Eryngiums

Spiky dramatic and highly exotic looking, eryngiums are well suited to dry conditions and generally an easy garden plant -  as long as they are not on a spot that you will brush against. They are also excellent bee-friendly plants which flower for most of July and August providing nectar even on the hottest days then fade to leave you with stately seed-heads into autumn.

I grow:

  • the biennial e. giganeum (above) which grows about 80cm high but with giant flowering heads that with their multiple bracts reach to about 40cm across. I have sometimes counted as many as 10 bumblebees on a single plant.
  • perennial e. planum (below) which has smaller flowers that starte ice-green and mature to deep blue

Both attract a range of bumblebees but also some honeybees and butterflies.

by rosi