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.

 

Family:Apiaceae
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
Light:Sunny
Lifespan:Perennial
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

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well 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

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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