Echium, Pride of Madeira
This giant echium will reach 3m tall. Photo - Linda Ross
Description: in full spring bloom, a large
Echium will stop passers-by in their tracks.
It’s a perennial which produces tall flowering spikes tightly packed with tiny blue-mauve flowers. ‘Cobalt Tower’ is a hybrid of two species, with
excellent colour and shape.
Size: in flower it reaches 2.5 – 3m tall x 2m wide.
Cultivation: Echium is frost-hardy, and grows best in full sun in a well-drained soil, but not too rich or too moist. After flowering prune off spent flower spikes to encourage more branches for next season’s flowers.
Special comments: Echium is an excellent plant for coastal and low maintenance gardens and is particularly attractive to bees.
Text: Libby Cameron
About this articleDate: 20 March 2015 Author: Libby Cameron
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