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Joined: 1/18/2005
Location: Michigan
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Posted: Jun/29/2005 10:56 PM PST

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Originally posted by Blue Belle
at Foz! Well, mine isn't.

Now I really wonder whether it's a different variety or whether it needs something I'm not giving it. It is in full sun. Do you know what variety yours is by any chance? I'll have to see if I can remember where I got mine and what variety I bought.



does your sea holly have prickers on the leaves? mine has the worst nasty little sharp things that can poke you right thru your garden gloves!
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Posted: Jun/30/2005 12:31 AM PST

mine have sharp points but have never gone through my gloves.
BlueBelle
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Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
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Posted: Jun/30/2005 12:40 AM PST

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Originally posted by MamaBearBSA
OH.

Wasn't mad at you, MamaBear, I'm mad at the sea holly. Or maybe the place that I bought it from, if it's the wrong variety. They promised nice blue bracts.
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Posted: Jun/30/2005 3:33 AM PST

Oh, I didn't think your were. Now I am just as confused as you are is all.
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Posted: Jul/06/2005 10:13 PM PST

Yikes!!!!!
BlueBelle
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Posted: Jul/07/2005 1:37 PM PST

I'm on a mission now. I have to find out why it isn't blooming blue! It is shaded somewhat by my maple, so maybe it isn't getting enough sun. Going to do some research. In the meantime, if anyone comes up with any revelations, let me know.
moby
Joined: 10/14/2003
Location: Michigan
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Posted: Jul/07/2005 6:57 PM PST

MB you are correct. I am posting a pic of my sea holly. One flower head is now turning darker green with a blue tint to the head of the flower. LOL MB I am not pulling it at this stage of growing. Foz mine does not seem to have any prickers yet.

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BlueBelle
Joined: 4/15/2005
Location: Ontario, Canada, zone 5a
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Posted: Jul/08/2005 3:12 AM PST

Well, my research paid off. It [I]is[/I] the lack of sun that's keeping my sea holly from blueing up, but I found more info for anyone who may want it. Here's what I found:

[I]The sunnier the location, the bluer the clumps become. It remains bluest when never fertilized. Richer soil will only make it taller with weakened stems, without improvement to the flowers.[/I]

My soil isn't very fertile, so I'll have to move it to a sunnier location. They don't like to be moved and have a long tap root, but I'll have to give it a try anyway.
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Posted: Jul/08/2005 3:40 AM PST

no wonder mine looks so blue. it really gets neglected and it's in full sun all day.
IR2agardner
Joined: 6/16/2005
Location: SE Wisconsin - Zone 5
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Posted: Aug/10/2005 6:34 PM PST

Eryngium planum looks closer to what you have. I googled eryngium and found 3 species at a seed place.
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