Pride of Madeira

17 Apr

Pride of Madeira (Echium fastuosum), evergreen shrub, moderate to fast growth to 5 feet in height and 8 ft. spread, tall spikes of tiny, dense deep blue flowers in spring, large gray-green foliage, full sun to part shade, likes poor soil, drought tolerant, deer resistant, naturalizes.

Grown for striking form and flower clusters. All do well in dry, poor soil but need good drainage. All are excellent for seacoast gardens. Flowers attract bees. Give little or no water in mild-summer climates, weekly irrigation during summer in hotter areas.

From Madeira, as its common name indicates. Large, picturesque plant to 5–6 ft. tall, 6–10 ft. wide, with many coarse, heavy branches. Narrow, hairy, gray-green leaves form roundish, irregular mounds at ends of stems. Great spike-like clusters of 1/2 -in., bluish purple flowers stand out dramatically, well above foliage, in spring. Branch tips and developing flower spikes may be killed by late frosts.

Use for bold effects against walls, at back of wide flower borders, on slopes. Prune lightly to keep bushy. Cut off faded flower spikes.

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2 Responses to “Pride of Madeira”

  1. Nixus00 May 9, 2012 at 5:52 pm #

    Lovely Specimens! We have a few of these at my workplace at Thousand Oaks. I’d love to get my hands on a macro lens and do an article over these. Maybe in a few..

  2. JanieS August 28, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    I didn’t know, until now, what this was called but when I moved to Cyprus 3 years ago I was given a cutting of one of these, I now have a 6 ft high, 10ft wide bush which I never water even in the hottest summer but still it thrives. It looks magnificent in the spring and supplies cool spaces for our cats in the summer

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