Eryngium is a species of fiercely beautiful, unique flowers with medicinal properties that are found throughout Europe and the Mediterranean.

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The most popular variety, Alpine Sea Holly, features cone-like bracts in bright blue hues.

With over 250 species of Eryngium, there is a special variety for every arrangement. These spiny-like flowers are easy to spot thanks to their notched leaves, silver-blue stems, and cone-like flowers. These cones, or bracts, appear in white, green, blue, and violet colors.

They bloom mostly in the summer and fall. One of the most common Eryngium is the Alpine Sea Holly, which can be found in the high mountains of Switzerland. Alpine Sea Holly is the most blue of all the Eryngium varieties.

Varieties of Eryngium have been used to treat mild illnesses like coughs. These flowers can be used in teas or as a herbal flavoring--some report that they have a flavor similar to chestnuts! Eryngium roots can also be consumed, similar to other root vegetables.

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10-14 days

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16-20 in

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Europe & the Mediterranean

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The uniquely beautiful Eryngium flowers are often used to symbolize independence, attraction and admiration.

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