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All information gathered first-hand, since 1995

This is a protected wildflower in the mountains, not to be picked.

Flower. Bluish-white in dense, prickly-looking umbrels, 2 cm diamete, 4 cm long,

Bract. The ring of feathery bracts surrounding the domed flower-head can be bright blue, violet or white.

Leaves. The basal leaves are 8-15 cm long, deep green and veined. They become more pointed and divided higher on the step, ending in the bracts.


The Chardon bleu des Pyrénées, or Painicaut de Bourget (Eryngium bourgatii) is similar, but growns in the Pyrénées of southwest France.