Botanical Name: Echium leucophaeum
Common Name: Silver Leaved Echium
Category: Hardy perennial
Seed Count: 30
Echium leucophaeum, Silver Leaved Echium: Native of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. A large branching, evergreen shrub with narrow silver green leaves covered with fine, silvery hairs. Each branch bares a large, flattish domed flower spike of pure white in spring – summer. While not considered very frost hardy, our plants have survived heavy frost and snow and have been happily growing at the back of a border for more than 12 years. A beautiful structural shrub like perennial for the back of the border. Extremely dry hardy. Full sun, well drained soil. 1.2m x1.2m.
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.