Definition of eryngium in English:



  • A plant of the genus Eryngium in the parsley family, especially (in gardening) sea holly.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of my first choices is a new kind of eryngium, or Sea Holly.’
    • ‘Whether this is true or not, eryngiums have become firmly ensconced in British gardens, with a plethora of species, hybrids and cultivars to choose from.’


Late 16th century modern Latin, from Latin eryngion, from a diminutive of Greek ērungos ‘sea holly’.