Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the genus Eryngium of umbelliferous plants resembling thistles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large genus of umbelliferous plants somewhat like thistles in appearance, cosmopolitan in distribution. Eryngium maritimum, or sea holly, has been highly esteemed as an aphrodisiac, the roots being formerly candied.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of coarse, umbelliferous, perennial herbs, with coriaceous toothed or prickly leaves, and blue or white bracted flowers, closely sessile in dense heads.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large genus of decorative plants with thistlelike flower heads; cosmopolitan in distribution

Etymologies

From the genus name. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I'm not sure of the species on this eryngium, but I was completely blown away by its shining purple-blue color.

    Vignettes from the K-State Gardens « Sugar Creek Gardens’ Blog

  • A good number of umbellifers are stable perennials and I use astrantia and eryngium on a regular basis, but Molopospermum peloponnesiacum is a new favourite.

    Jolly brollies

  • I believe sun and drainage is key for the eryngium, even then it flops without some sort of staking.

    The Most Visited « Fairegarden

  • The spiders had woven a lattice-work of webs among the toppling eryngium and verbena, which were sagging under their own weight of seed, while the white Cleome "Helen Campbell" had elongated along their stems to form a city of spires to catch the last of the afternoon light.

    Summer podding

  • When the hill was first planted, three eryngium alpinums were mail ordered from three different companies.

    Eryngium « Fairegarden

  • I have quite a few rudbeckia seedheads still on the plants, maybe they will be scattered in the eryngium bed.

    Eryngium « Fairegarden

  • I like how the camera thought the eryngium more focus worthy than the belamcanda here.

    Orange You Glad « Fairegarden

  • Good morning and much love. chickenpoet said this on January 18, 2008 at 9:16 am | Reply chickenpoet…it took a couple of years for the eryngium to get that large.

    Eryngium « Fairegarden

  • The eryngium most easily grown from seed, so it has been written, E.

    Eryngium « Fairegarden

  • The eryngium flowers and stems become more blue as they age, until they finally turn brown.

    July Bloom Day 2008-A Wide Variety « Fairegarden

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