Echium fastuosum (dark form)
Everybody wants these large Echium in their gardens but unfortunately the plants are not reliably hardy in the UK and wrapping up these giants for winter can prove a challenge.
To keep them looking good takes a bit of dedication. Put in the work and you will have a beautiful and spectacular plant with immense purple/blue spikes of flowers from May onwards.
The grey leaves form large rosettes at the base of the flowers which are decorative in their own right.
Possibly hardy in gardens by the sea or warm city centres. Otherwise grow in large containers that can be given frost protection for the winter. They are bi or triennial and will die after flowering.
Photo: Consultaplantas from Wikimedia Commons
Dry, very well drained
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