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Jade Frost Variegated Sea Holly

Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost'

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Jade Frost Variegated Sea Holly (Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' flowers

Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' flowers

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Jade Frost Variegated Sea Holly (Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' foliage

Eryngium planum 'Jade Frost' foliage

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Plant Height:  8 inches

Flower Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  Flat Sea Holly, Tetra Petra

Description:

A lovely sea holly with unusual variegated foliage, and show-stopping prickly steel-blue flowers with darker blue stems, thistle-like; tolerates hot dry sites; attractive to butterflies; pair up with softer textured plants, beautiful in dried arrangements

Ornamental Features

Jade Frost Variegated Sea Holly features bold clusters of steel blue ball-shaped flowers with silver bracts at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive oval leaves remain grayish green in color with showy creamy white variegation and tinges of pink throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The royal blue stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Jade Frost Variegated Sea Holly is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Self-Seeding

Jade Frost Variegated Sea Holly is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Jade Frost Variegated Sea Holly will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 15 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for poor, alkaline soils, and is able to handle environmental salt. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Jade Frost Variegated Sea Holly is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features