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