Thursday, June 23, 2011

Oh the Pride of Madeira!

Echium candicans...I just love this plant! You see it all around in orange county and I love driving PHC because you see this plant along the highway! The purple flowers and the large mounding bush make this a statement plant as well as being ornamental. The Pride of Madeira is also a California native plant so it can be low maintenance with low water requirements....a great duo! Perfect for your beach garden, or your drought tolerant garden or your native garden. This plant is a beauty!!

Biennials Tropicals and Tender Perennials
Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
Spacing: 4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Danger: Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction
Bloom Color: Purple
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early SummerMid Summer
Foliage: Evergreen
Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
This plant is resistant to deer
Propagation Methods: From softwood cuttings
Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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