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Eryngium, also known as Sea Holly, is a genus of about 250 species in the family Apiaceae, mostly native to Europe and the Mediterranean. Most species are perennials, but some are annuals. The Sea Holly produces showy and attractive thistle-like flower heads surrounded by spiny silvery-blue bracts on strong stems. These sun-loving plants will bloom in summer and attract butterflies and bees to your garden.
Meaning: The genus name “Eryngium” comes from the name used for a plant in ancient Greece. The name was used by Theophrastus, also called as Father of Botany, probably for a plant Eryngium campestre. The common name “Sea Holly” comes from the fact that some Native Americans used it to cure rattlesnake bites.
Symbolism: Eryngium is a symbol of independence, severity and attraction.