Plant of the month | Echium
Pride of Madeira Bold and Dramatic are two words that come to mind when describing Echium, a plant that will make a statement in any garden. A large shrub from 2-2.5m tall and wide, that tolerates coastal conditions, hot direct sun, low water levels and attracts butterflies and bees to the garden. Architectural grey, green foliage throughout the year are complemented by the most striking purple flower spikes throughout Spring.
It looks great in formal, arid, coastal and Mediterranean themes where it will be the superstar of the garden when flowering, and certainly a decent plant for mixing in colour combinations for the more hands on gardener.
Botanical name: Echium candicans
Common name: Pride Of Madeira Family:
Boraginaceae Origin: The Portuguese Island of Madeira – Portugal and Spain