(Cross thistle)

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What you need to know as a florist about the Eryngium

  • Colourful splendour

    Eryngium is verkrijgbaar in verschillende kleuren, zoals blauw, zilver, groen en paars.

  • Stylish applications

    Eryngium always stands out with its spiky, cone-shaped flower heads and striking blue or silvery hues. This makes this flower a real eye-catcher in a bouquet!

  • Symbolic meaning

    The Eryngium symbolises strength. So the perfect flower to celebrate achievements!

All about the Eryngium

The Eryngium, also known as the cross thistle, is a real metallic eye-catcher. This flower comes in many shapes, sizes and colours: from silver-green to many shades of blue and purple. The often metallic-like sheen is striking. Eryngium is known for its prickly, silvery leaves and intriguing cone-shaped inflorescence, which can have a deep blue or purple hue. These features have given it a nickname, namely the 'sea urchin among plants'. Summery blue with a metallic-like sheen: if you look more closely, you suddenly see the beauty of this spiny Eryngium.

Eryngium looks like a star on a stick. This prickly flower adds structure to a bouquet. Well-known types are Eryngium alpinum (large blue flowers) and Eryngium planum (branched stems with many small flowers). Besides these European types, you also have thistles with South American roots, such as Eryngium pandanifolium. The freshly cut stems of Eryngium emit a spicy scent with a hint of sweet in it. Eryngium is related to carrot, celery and many more vegetables and herbs. They all belong to the umbellifer family (Apiaceae).

Sales inspiration for the florist

The Eryngium is a beautiful flower often used in minimalist bouquets and dried bouquets. You can find more inspiration here.

Sales advice for the florist

In-store sales advice for Eryngium

There are several techniques you can apply to the Eryngium. Think of making arrangements, a bouquet, a mono-bouquet or drying.





When choosing the right bouquet, it is important to consider the meaning of the Eryngium. Ideal for special occasions. Read the meaning of the flower under 'Product information'.

Give care tips

Give advice on caring for Eryngium, so the customer knows how to keep the flowers fresh for as long as possible. Read the care tips under 'Care' for the best advice.

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