Botanical Name: Echium fastuosum
Common Name: Pride of Madeira
Category: Hardy perennial
Seed Count: 30
Echium fastuosum, Pride of Madeira: Native to the island of Madeira, this large perennial subshrub has large flower heads in the shape of large fox tails each covered with 100’s of tiny blue flowers with prominent red stamens. In the first year after germination the plant produces a broad rosette of grey green leaves. In the second and subsequent years flowering stalks are produced clothed in rough leaves. A fantastic food source for bees and butterflies, with flowers frequently visited for their nectar. This large very ornamental plant is ideal for the typical Australian garden with its drought tolerance and low water need. It is particularly suitable for coastal planting. Enjoys full sun in well drained soil. 1.8m H x 1.8M W.
Echium seeds are best sown in spring to enable a full season of growth and can be sown directly into where they are needed, preferably in well drained, sunny spot protected from wind. Seeds may be sown in early spring in good quality seed raising mix and cover thinly, place in good light in a frost free area, no heat is necessary. Seedlings appear in 4-6 weeks. Pot on into well draining gritty soil to grow on before planting out in a sunny sheltered spot in the garden. Plants usually flower 24 months after sowing.