Blue Eryngo - Eryngium planum


Medium to tall, stiffly branched, hairless plant. Basal leaves oblong-heart-shaped, toothed, occasionally 3 lobed. Stem leaves short stalked or clasping. Flowerheads bluish, rather egg shaped, numerous, in branched clusters, 10 to 20 mm with up to 8 narrow spiny bracts.

Similar Species

Other escaped garden Eryngium species and varieties may turn up

Identification difficulty

An occasional garden escape usually found close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers July -August

Life History


UK Status

Widespread but infrequent garden escape.

VC55 Status

Rare as a garden escape in Leicestershire and Rutland it was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

It is not listed in the current checklist (Jeeves, 2011)

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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