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Commonly known as Tree echium

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Includes the monocarpic monsters, E. pininana, which, if conditions permit, will self seed and multiply to bee-loving pillars.

Flower colours are blue, purple, yellow, white or red.

Genus of rosette-forming, stiffly hairy annuals and evergreen biennials, perennials (some monocarpic - plants which flower and fruit just once and then die) and shrubs from stony hillsides, cliffs, open woodland and grassy steppes in Europe, the Canary Islands, the Mediterranean, Africa and western Asia.

Further Reading....

  • Evergreen - elliptic-lance-shaped, densely and roughly, silver-hairy leaves to 7cm (2¾in) long.
  • Blue
  • Height - to 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. Usually flowers in second or third year sending up a spire of funnel-shaped flowers with large bracts
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from strong winds
  • 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 - wildlife plant. Attracts butterflies and other insects
  • Pests & Diseases - slugs on young growth
  • Place of origin - garden origin
  • Flower Shape - Spikes -
  • Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
  • Seasonal Interest - Autumn -
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Winter
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile well drained soil - - moderately fertile
  • Wildlife - Bee friendly -
  • Butterfly friendly

Buy Varieties of ECHIUM

ECHIUM fastuosum   AWARD

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Commonly known as: Pride of Madeira.
(candicans) - medium bushy shrub with grey-green foliage and short spikes of bluish flowers
individually £14.00 each, 3+ £12.00 each
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Available again from summer 2020 - These plants are expected to be available sometime in summer.

ECHIUM pininana   AWARD

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Commonly known as: Tree echium.
(pinnifolium) - single stemmed biennial with long green leaves and enormous spikes of purplish-blue flowers
individually £14.00 each, 3+ £12.00 each

ECHIUM wildpretii   AWARD

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Commonly known as: Tenerife bugloss, Tower of jewels.
Silvery, hairy leaves with a tall red flower spike
individually £14.00 each, 3+ £12.00 each

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