Dave Cheetham (July)
ThereÃ¢Â.Â.s plenty of sea holly out and about on the coast right now.
ItÃ¢Â.Â.s not actually related to holly at all but is part of the nettle family and this one will soon be displaying beautiful blue flowers.
In Elizabethan Britain sea holly was considered an extremely powerful aphrodisiac.
Fortunately passion seakers didnÃ¢Â.Â.t need to munch on sea-holly leaves to enjoy these romance-enhancing properties. Ã¢Â.Â.Candied sea holly rootsÃ¢Â.Â. was the well-documented Elizabethan recipe of love and the plant was collected on a large scale as a result.