Eryngium bourgatii

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Eryngium bourgatii
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Scientific classification
E. bourgatii
Binomial name
Eryngium bourgatii

Eryngium bourgatii (Mediterranean sea holly) is a species of flowering plant in the family Apiaceae native to Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey, France, and Spain.[1] It is a herbaceous perennial growing to 15–45 cm (6–18 in) tall. The spherical blue flowerheads have spiny bracts.[2]

The plant was named for a French medical doctor named Bourgat who collected plants in the Pyrenees in the company of Antoine Gouan, the author of the species, in 1766–67.[3]

Numerous cultivars have been produced for garden use, of which 'Oxford Blue' has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Eryngium bourgatii". Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN). Agricultural Research Service (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Retrieved 25 January 2018.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
  3. ^ Allen J. Coombes (2012). The A to Z of Plant Names: A Quick Reference Guide to 4000 Garden Plants (1st ed.). Timber Press. p. 135. ISBN 978-1-60469-196-2.
  4. ^ Eryngium bourgatii 'Oxford Blue'. Royal Horticultural Society.
  5. ^ "AGM Plants - Ornamental" (PDF). Royal Horticultural Society. July 2017. p. 36. Retrieved 18 February 2018.