Flower Portrait: Echium

Pride of Madeira, Echium candicans, is perfect for adding a touch of drama to both exotic and cottage garden settings. Like all echiums, its flowers are adored by bees and other pollinators. Tall spikes of intense blue blooms are borne on strong branching stems in spring and summer. In milder climates, like Cornwall, it can Β grow into a small tree, and can self-seed readily.

echium candicans

Echium pininana is a stunning biennial plant from the Canary Islands. In its first year it forms a low rosette of silver, hairy, spear-like leaves, and then in the second year it sends up a huge spike loaded with small blue flowers. Again in milder regions it self-seeds readily.

And the bees just can’t get enough!

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  1. I wonder if that is what is commonly known as bee bread here. It looks similar. Such a pretty colour.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I like the idea of bee bread!

    2. Heyjude says:

      From what I can gather it is Borage that is known as bee bread. Another plant the bees really like and I have several in my garden.

  2. pommepal says:

    Love it, I had it in the NZ garden and it made a stunning displayed

    1. Heyjude says:

      They take up a lot of room though! My neighbour had one flowering a few years ago and I noticed yesterday that the rosette is forming so I expect a huge spike next year!

      1. pommepal says:

        Mine was out on the roadside with plenty of room and it took it all up making a beautiful display

        1. Heyjude says:

          It seems to be everywhere this year. Good for the bees. 🐝🐝🐝

  3. Ann Mackay says:

    Fabulous plants! And they must be Heaven if you’re a bee. πŸ™‚ How lucky to have them growing near your house – I fancy trying to grow them for the bees, not sure where I’d find space though!

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are a lot around this area, but you do need space!

  4. Leya says:

    I first saw it in NZ – amazing.

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are quite impressive plants

  5. Isha says:

    My, how excessively charming!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you. It’s quite a statement.

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