Definition of eryngium in English:


Line breaks: eryn|gium
Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɪndʒɪəm

noun (plural eryngiums)

  • A plant of the genus Eryngium in the parsley family, especially (in gardening) sea holly.
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    • In the herbaceous border they don't seem to care for eryngiums, paeonies, iris or kniphofias.
    • Take root cuttings of oriental poppies and eryngiums and put in pots of sandy soil in the cold frame.
    • They have planted a formal, yew-encircled rose garden, with blue-painted pergolas and arbours, and have recently planted a gravel garden beside the sea road, with cistus, eryngiums and grasses.


late 16th century: modern Latin, from Latin eryngion, from a diminutive of Greek ērungos 'sea holly'.

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