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Giant Viper's Bugloss

Echium pininana

Also known as

Tower Of Jewels, Pine Echium

Photo by John Barkla (CC BY 4.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

4m

Max

1m

2.5m

Min

50cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Giant Viper's Bugloss Overview

Echium pininana can be grown as a biennial species or a short-lived perennial if the climate is mild enough. It produces humongous inflorescences up to 4m in height, with funnel-shaped pink-purple to blue flowers surrounded by showy modified leaves, termed bracts. Foliage is lance-shaped and silvery-green in colour, leaves measure approximately 7cm in length and are covered in silver hairs. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Giant Viper's Bugloss

How to propagate Giant Viper's Bugloss

Seed

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Special features of Giant Viper's Bugloss

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Giant Viper's Bugloss

Grown for their flowers.