Position – Full sun or part shade
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Late spring and early summer
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Echium are annuals, biennials or evergreen perennials or shrubs that are native to the canaries. They fashion textured pipe shaped blooms which stand in dense spikes upon simple furry leaves. These plants provide architectural beauty and are a delight when placed in flower beds and borders within cottage and informal gardens. You should expect to see Echium grow to an approximate height of 2m (6.5’) and a spread of 50cm (20”). Please take care when handling Echium as they can cause irritation to the skin.
Echium will thrive in well-drained soil of sand, chalk and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. They are best positioned in an area of full sun although they will still perform well within partially shaded areas. If grown in areas of full shade, the foliage will rot resulting in severe fungal problems. Take note that these plants are intolerant to winter wet, so take extra care when deciding on the most appropriate site to plant.
Echium are low maintenance plants that require very little care. Ensure that your plants are watered regularly to promote healthy growth and development. You may wish to stake your plants when they grow to peak height as this will preserve a strong and healthy structure. Cut back the spent flower spikes at the end of the flowering period unless you wish to leave them to sow seed. Feed generously with compost or a slow release fertiliser.
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