Echium candicans / Pride of Madeira / Seeds

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Echium candicans / Pride of Madeira  / Seeds

A striking plant originally from the island of Madeira, easy to grow in sheltered gardens in the UK.  The plant grows grey green hairy leaves in the first year and blue/purple flowers in the second year, forming tall 2m flower spikes in late spring to early summer.

Echium candicans prefers sun and well drained soil, and tolerates frost to about -7C.  It tolerates poor soil and coastal sites.  The plant should be in a sheltered spot overwinter for flowering the following spring.  Good for Mediterranean gardens.

Pack of 20 seeds.  Sow in spring/summer for flowering the next year.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

Some parts of the plant are considered toxic.


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Hardiness Half hardy biennial
Flowers Late spring to early summer
Height 1.5 - 2.5m
Spread 1.5 - 2.5m
Conditions  Full sun and well drained soil protect from hard frosts

Sow in spring/summer in moist seed compost at a depth of about 6mm.   Keep at around 20C during the day and cooler at night, and germination takes 1-2 weeks.  Plant seedlings into pots when they are big enough to handle.  Seeds can be direct sown in warmer gardens in late spring/summer. Protect plants over the winter from severe frost in a greenhouse or cold frame before planting out in the spring. In warmer gardens, plants can be left out over winter, protected with horticultural fleece.  Protect young plants from slugs.

Grow Plants grow in the first year and flower in the second year.  They are evergreen.  They generally die after flowering but may live another year or two.   If kept under glass, protect plants against spider mites.