Eryngium - Care Tips

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For happy bees and special bouquets

The Blue Thistle is also called Cross Thistle and Eryngium is the scientific name for this tough guy. You can recognize these flowers by its sturdy, lush foliage and soft, blue-purple flower. Or just follow the trail of bees and butterflies, because they love this thistle!

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A striking bloomer is the blue thistle with its tough and soft character. There are different types of blue thistles. As the name suggests, all varieties are characterized by the blue to sometimes blue-purple flower centers. The stem of the blue thistle can reach a height of 40-70 cm. This flower is quite easy to combine with other cut flowers and turns any bouquet into a sumptuous party!


Belonging to the umbellifer family is the blue thistle, also called Apiaceae. The flower is found in all areas with a temperate climate, but the greatest diversity of species can be found in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The botanical name Eryngium comes from the ancient Greek name for Eryngium vulgare. The genus has about 230 species.


The Thistle is a symbol of life. The combination of a soft flower core and the spiky leaves shows that life has both happy and sad periods. In the past, the thistle was renowned for its medicinal properties in, among other things, skin disorders, coughs and infections.


  • Provide a clean vase, fill it with tap water and add cut flower food.
  • Cut the stems diagonally with a sharp knife.
  • Make sure there are no leaves hanging in the water, because then they will rot.
  • Change the water regularly to prevent bacterial growth.
  • Do not place the vase in direct sunlight, near a heater, in a draft or near a fruit bowl.
  • Thistles are very suitable for drying. Cut the flowers (with stem) off when they are in full bloom, and hang them upside down in a dry area