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Miss Willmott's Ghost

Eryngium giganteum

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Miss Willmott's Ghost (Eryngium giganteum) at Shelmerdine Garden Center

Miss Willmott's Ghost flowers

Miss Willmott's Ghost flowers

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Height:  3 feet

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  2b

Ornamental Features

Miss Willmott's Ghost features bold steel blue ball-shaped flowers with silver bracts at the ends of the stems from early to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive spiny lobed leaves emerge steel blue in spring, turning silvery blue in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The navy blue stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Miss Willmott's Ghost is an herbaceous biennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. 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

Miss Willmott's Ghost is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Miss Willmott's Ghost will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. It tends to be leggy, with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and should be underplanted with lower-growing perennials. It grows at a fast rate, and tends to be biennial, meaning that it puts on vegetative growth the first year, flowers the second, and then dies. However, this species tends to self-seed and will thereby endure for years in the garden if allowed.

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 species is not originally from North America.

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

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7800 Roblin Boulevard
Headingley, MB R4H 1B6

Phone: 204.895.7203
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