Thursday, 12 September 2013

ECHIUM IN THE CITY

Echium candicans (syn. Echium fastuosum J.Jacq.), commonly known as "pride of Madeira", is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to the island of Madeira. It is a large herbaceous biennial subshrub, growing to 1.5–2.5 m, found in Madeira's far east.

In the first year after germination the plant produces a broad rosette of leaves. In the second and subsequent years more or less woody flowering stalks are produced clothed in rough leaves. The flower head is large and covered with blue flowers having red stamens. It is much visited by bees and butterflies for its nectar. White-flowered cultivars are also seen.

Echium candicans is cultivated in the horticulture trade and widely available throughout the world as an ornamental plant for traditional and drought tolerant water conserving gardens. It is particularly suitable for coastal planting, and is a popular ornamental in coastal California. With a minimum temperature requirement of 5–7 °C, in frost-prone areas it needs some winter protection. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

In New Zealand it is a common garden escape onto road-side verges and shingle banks in northern South Island (and probably elsewhere). In the state of Victoria, Australia, it is considered to be a high weed risk and an alert has been posted by the Department of Primary Industries. It is grown widely in parks and gardens, nevertheless.

This post is part of the Floral Friday Fotos meme.








4 comments:

  1. Lovely! I think I've seen this plant in the greenhouses at the Winter Garden.

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  2. Just gorgeous and I love the bee shot.

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