Echium fastuosum (Syn. E. candicans)
PRIDE OF MADEIRA
Magnificent cones of intense blue, tower up in spring & summer, like giant blue fox tails.
So Echium fastuosum, commonly called Pride of Madeira, and sometimes known as Echium candicans, is an absolute scene stealer no matter what you call it.
Pride of Madeira is ideal for the typical Australian garden, with good drought tolerance and low water need. And it is particularly suitable for coastal planting.
It is indeed a native of the island of Madeira, and the rigours of this original habitat gives it all the qualities Australian gardens love.
Echium fastuosum is hardy & easy.
So it basks in Full Sun but will also perform equally well in Part Shade.
But whatever you do – do not over-water or over-feed your Pride.
Because it is very easily pleased in well drained, dry soil, sandy or rocky sites.
In the first year after germination the plant produces a broad rosette of grey green leaves.
And then n the second and subsequent years, flowering stalks are produced clothed in handsome leaves.
Older plants develop architectural and sculptural trunks, and some gardeners like to reveal these twisted trunks to add even more the the beauty and structure.
Echium fastuosum is the plant that just keeps on giving.
Spectacular spires 2.5m H x 2m W shrubby evergreen.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Seeds are best sown in spring, to enable a full season of growth ready for flowers the following year.
Seeds can be sown directly into the garden where they are needed, preferably in well drained, sunny spot / or you can sow in pots indoors.
INDOORS; Sow seeds in good quality seed raising mix and cover thinly with mix. Place in good light in a frost-free area. No artificial heat is necessary. Seedlings appear in 4-6 weeks.
SEED COUNT: 10 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).