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Echium pininana

Common Name: Echium
Genus: Echium
Species: pininana
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Soil type: Well-drained/light
Height: 180cm flower height 18 feet!
Spread: 90cm

A stunning plant from the Canary Islands which is well worth growing if you've got the right conditions. In its first year it'll form a low rosette of silver, hairy, spear-like leaves, but the next year it'll suddenly spurt into growth and produce a summer flower spike packed with small blue flowers. After flowering the plant scatters seed and dies. In mild, sheltered parts of the UK they might germinate where they land, but in colder areas you can collect the seed for sowing. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.