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|
|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|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Border plant|
|Special Uses:||Cut flower, Fragrant oils|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Other insects|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.