Erect, much-branched, violet-blue stems, carrying cone-like purple heads surrounded by narrow, dark blue bracts, arise from basal rosette of grey-green leaves on this sun-loving plant. It makes long-lasting cut flowers, and can indeed also be dried. Graham Stuart Thomas called it “an extremely effective garden plant.”
Sow seeds IMMEDIATELY you receive them, at any time of the year, they depend on having several months, sometimes up to a year in cold, damp compost, (NOT DRY IN A FRIDGE) before they will germinate. Keep the seed tray moist in a cold greenhouse or shady corner and do not discard. These fresh seeds can be very slow to germinate but do not use any artificial heat in an attempt to germinate them as it may simply disrupt their germination mechanism causing them to enter even deeper dormancy.
Common name:Sea Holly