Pride Of Madeira

Echium candicans

Echium Fastuosum

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Free-flowering shrub with spikes of deep blue flowers in summer. This fast-growing, grey-leaved plant is excellent for dry areas. It is rather short-lived but self-seeds easily or grow from cuttings. It makes a beautiful impressive eye-catching border plant in large areas, even when not in flower.
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Seeds can be sown in situ or into trays in spring and summer.

Cuttings

Root semi-ripe cuttings in mid-summer, in a light seedling mix.

Special features

Attracts useful insects

Butterflies and bees feed on the flowers' nectar.

Drought resistant

Can go for extended periods with little water.

Hedge plant

Can provide a screen to create privacy.

Special features

Origin

Europe, Island of Madeira

Natural climate

Temperate

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Tender

Uses

Ornamental

Because of its fast growth rate it makes an excellent 'plug-in' for garden beds and large borders.

Personality

Family

Boraginaceae

Flower colour

White, Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Generally problem free.

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