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Echium

Botanical name - Echium                                              

Common name - Echium

Description - Biennials, perennials, and shrubs

Sunset zone(s) - vary by species

Exposure - Full Sun

Water requirements - Little to moderate water

Warning - The Vulgare species is poisonous if ingested.

General Information - Echium is grown for its striking form and flower clusters. All species do well in dry, poor soil but they do need good drainage. All Echium species are a good choice for seacoast gardens. Echium flowers attract bees. Little or no water is required in mild-summer climates and only weekly watering is required in hotter areas.

Popular species - Candicans (Fastuosum), Pride of Madeira. This shrub, from Madeira is good in zones 14-24. It is a large picturesque plant that grows to 5-6 feet tall and 6-10 feet wide, with coarse heavy branches. Narrow, hairy, gray-green colored leaves form round irregular mounds at the ends of the stems. Spike like clusters of bluish purple flowers standout above the foliage in the spring. Use Echium against walls and at the back of flower borders or on slopes for a dramatic effect.

Nursery Notes - Light pruning will keep Pride of Madeira bushy. Cut off flower spikes as they fade in order to promote newer growth. If you choose not to remove the spent flowers, the life span of the plant will be shortened. However, Echium will reseed, producing a flush of fresh new plants.

Additional help - The following information sheets may help you with this plant

  • Planting from containers

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