Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Pride of Madeira
Origin: Native to the Canary Islands
Hardiness: Hardy in zones 9 and 10 only; best at coast Growth: Rapid growth to 8 feet with wider spread Form: Naturally a wide mound, but can be pruned to upright form Leaves: Gray-green 8 inch narrow leaves at end of stems Flowers: Blue to purple 1/2 flowers in long spikes in spring Fruit or Seeds: Remove flower spikes when they fade Exposure: Full sun; good at coast Water: Weekly to monthly or none at all during summer Soil: Well drained; grows in poor soil Fertilizer: Fertilizer causes rapid growth and poor flowering Prune: To shape and to expose branches Problems: Snails; root rot if drainage is poor
Spectacular plant in coastal areas. Echium comes in a variety of rich blues and purples. Easily rooted from cuttings.