A picture of a Tower of Jewels

Tower of Jewels

Echium wildpretii

Tajinaste rojo by Mataparda (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

10b

USDA zone

2°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2.5m

Max

50cm

1.5m

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

More images of Tower of Jewels

Echium wildpretii (flower) - Botanischer Garten Bonn
Echium wildpretii LC0203
Echium wildpretii (Boraginaceae)
A photo of Tower of Jewels

Tower of Jewels Overview

Echium wildpretii is an attractive biennial plant in the Boraginaceae family. This species is found naturally on the Canary Islands and it is commonly known by the name Tower of Jewels. It has an erect habit and doesn't typically branch, growing to around 2m, foliage is narrow, silver-green and hairy. A leafy rosette is formed in the first year, flowers are produced in the second year. They are pretty, small, pink-red and arranged densely on a tall flowering spike, appearing in early summer. This species is termed monocarpic as after flowering, it dies. It has an upright, columnar habit and is half-hardy, keep above freezing temperatures, place in a sheltered position, in full sun and well-draining soil for optimal growth. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit.

Common problems with Tower of Jewels

How to propagate Tower of Jewels

Seed

Cuttings

Propagate from seed or cuttings in spring or summer.

Special features of Tower of Jewels

Attractive flowers

Attracts birds

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Tower of Jewels

Grown for their flowers.