Blue Eryngo - Eryngium planum


Medium to tall, stiffly branched, hairless plant. Basal leaves oblong-heart-shaped, toothed, occasionally 3 lobed. Stem leaves short stalked or clasping. Flowerheads bluish, rather egg shaped, numerous, in branched clusters, 10 to 20 mm with up to 8 narrow spiny bracts.

Photo ID?

An occasional garden escape usually found close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers July -August

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but infrequent garden escape.

VC55 Status

Rare as a garden escape in Leicestershire and Rutland it was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map