Thistles (Eryngium) are tough and robust. The spines add to their powerful appearance. And we have not even mentioned their special, almost magical colour palette!
Eryngium (thistle) comes in many colours, shapes and sizes: from silver-green to various shades of blue and purple. What is striking about this flower is the metallic sheen. Well-known types of Eryngium include Eryngium alpinum (big blue flowers) and Eryngium planum (branched stems with many small flowers). In addition to these European varieties, there are also thistles with South American roots such as Eryngium pandanifolium. This giant thistle has Agave-like leaves and very high ascending branched stems with reddish-purple flowers.
Good to know
– The freshly cut stems of the Eryngium release a spicy scent with a hint of sweetness.
– If thistles remain in the field for longer, then the stems and leaf veins also turn an intense blue or purple colour. They are harder and more prickly, but still beautiful!
– Eryngium belongs with the carrot, celery and with many other herbs and vegetables. They all belong to the Apiaceae family.
Availability & care
Most thistles bloom in the middle of summer. Except Eryngium pandanifolium which blooms well into the autumn. Thanks to imports, thistles are available all year round. For a bouquet with thistles follow the usual care tips: cut off the bottom of the stem, remove the lower leaves and put the bouquet in clean water with cut flower food (to prevent the leaves from yellowing). Thistles are strong flowers and you can enjoy them for a long time.
Eryngium also dries very well.