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Commonly known as Tree echium
(pinnifolium) - single stemmed biennial with long green leaves and enormous spikes of purplish-blue flowers
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Evergreen - bristly, elliptic-lance-shaped , silver-hairy leaves to 7cm (3in) long
Blue - purplish blue
Height - 4m (13ft)
Spread - 90cm (36in)
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - rosette forming biennial or short lived perennial. Each rosette produces a spike 1.5-4m (5-12ft) long of funnel-shaped flowers with large bracts
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouse - Tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)
Partial shade - can tolerate light shade.
May cause skin allergy or irritant - Having skin or eye contact with these plants could result in an allergic reaction, burning or rash.
Additional Features - Architectural interest
Good to know - dramatic, fast-growing, tall spikes from second year. Will self-seed. Attractive to insects.
Pests & Diseases - slugs. Under glass, whiteflies, red spider mites
Place of origin - Canary Islands.
Flower Shape - Spikes
Hardiness - Half hardy (down to 0)
Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil
Wildlife - Bee friendly
Echium - Growing Guide
- Growing Echium candicans (E. fastuosum)
- Echium pininana - Video Tip ondemand_video
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Buy Varieties of ECHIUM pininana
Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.