Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum)
Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum)

Sea Holly is a common component of beach-dune ecosystems in Europe.  I love the subtle colour combination of spiky green leaves and the lilac-blue flowers.  This plant says to me: ‘You see I have a lovely soft, blue flower, but come too close and I will spike you!’.  Photographed in Galicia, Spain.

Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum)
Sea Holly (Eryngium maritimum)