Echium Wildpretii – (Tower of Jewels)
This plant is a handsome one, with tall pink spires of flowers which the bees love. It is a wonderful piece of architectural form for the garden.
This is the most sought after of all the echium species, and the most dramatic. It is a very rare plant and produces very few seeds which must be collected by hand as they ripen . It is native to the volcanic slopes of the Canary Islands. The flower is borne on a tall dramatic spire of pink flowers to 1.2 metres high . They have stamens that are longer than the flowers, which hold bright blue pollen, and the bees love them. The leaves form a fuzzy grey green rosette of narrow leaves. They enjoy being kept on the dry side and are frost hardy.
These plants flower in their third year, and the flowering stem then dies away.
Note that there may be a percentage of these seeds that come up as hybrids as the supplier has noted that other species are grown close to these plants, so we sell them on this understanding.
Note: 10 seeds in packet
Sow seeds before mid summer where actually needed, preferably in a well-drained and sheltered spot, otherwise, sow seeds in spring onto a good soil-based compost at 12 to 20C, seedlings appearing in between 2 and 6 weeks. Pot on into a gritty compost containing very little organic material before planting out in a well-drained, sheltered spot or a large container that may be taken in during the winter. Plants usually flower 24 months after sowing. You will almost certainly get hybrids with E. pininana amongst these seeds which have broader leaves at the seedling stage, but make attractive plants nonetheless.
Half Hardy Perennial
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Tower of Jewels
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