Eryngium ovinum – Blue Devil

This is an interesting perennial which grows from late winter, flowers in summer with bright metallic blue interesting spiky heads, and then dies down in autumn. This spiky appearance gives the common name of Blue Devil, and they make great cut flowers, both fresh and dried. While the plant dies down, it is a relatively long lived perennial, having a good sized tap root. Needs a sunny spot in well drained soil, tolerates medium frosts. Grow from seed in summer.

Eryngium ovinum occurs in temperate woodlands and grasslands in NSW, Victoria, SA and WA.


Scientific Name:Eryngium ovinum
Common Name:Blue Devil
Plant Type:Clumping perennial
Height:0.4 ~ 0.7 metres
Width:0.4 ~ 0.8 metres
Flower Colour:Blue
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Cold climate, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Border plant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Fragrant oils
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects


Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.