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Echium candicans (Pride of Madeira)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2m
Max spread
2 years
To maturity
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name

Echium candicans

Other names

Pride of Madeira, Echium fastuosum

Genus

Echium Echium

Species

E. candicans - E. candicans is a bushy, evergreen, biennial sub-shrub with upright stems bearing lance-shaped, hairy, grey-green leaves and dense, spike-like panicles of blue flowers from spring into summer.


Echium candicans is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Erect

Toxicity

All parts may cause stomach upset if ingested. Contact with leaves may cause skin irritation.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Blue in Spring; Blue in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse whitefly , Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil Glasshouse whitefly , Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes. Can be cut back low in late autumn to keep compact and encourage new growth on lower branches.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Echium candicans (Pride of Madeira) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2m after 2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Wildflower

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in full light. Water freely in growth, sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun. In frost-prone areas, protect with horticultural fleece in winter.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Echium candicans

Other names

Pride of Madeira, Echium fastuosum

Genus

Echium Echium

Species

E. candicans - E. candicans is a bushy, evergreen, biennial sub-shrub with upright stems bearing lance-shaped, hairy, grey-green leaves and dense, spike-like panicles of blue flowers from spring into summer.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy, Erect

Toxicity

All parts may cause stomach upset if ingested. Contact with leaves may cause skin irritation.

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Blue in Spring; Blue in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Glasshouse whitefly , Glasshouse red spider mite , Slugs , Vine weevil

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower spikes. Can be cut back low in late autumn to keep compact and encourage new growth on lower branches.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Echium candicans (Pride of Madeira) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2m after 2 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Wildflower

Cultivation

Under glass, grow in loam-based compost in full light. Water freely in growth, sparingly in winter. Outdoors, grow in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in sun. In frost-prone areas, protect with horticultural fleece in winter.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Indoor heated (H1), Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9

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