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Pride of Madeira

Echium candicans

Echium fastuosum

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.

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.

Geography

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
Half-Hardy

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.

Companion plants

Pair with other bold coloured plants like bougainvillea.
Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea glabra

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