pride of Madeira
Soft-wooded evergreen shrub with a sprawling habit, native to the Canary Islands and Madeira. Hairy, grey-green leaves to 20 cm long, arranged in whorls along the stems. Smaller leaves on flowering stems. Large 20-40 cm long spikes of sapphire to violet blue flowers with crimson stamens during late winter and early spring. Usually perennial, but may behave as a biennial, forming rosettes of leaves in the first year, producing flowers in the second year, and dying after flowering. Attracts bees and butterflies.
Synonym: Echium fastuosum
Prefers a sunny position in well-drained soil. Remove dead flowers and prune after flowering to keep compact. Tolerant of light frosts. Grows well in dry, exposed, and coastal conditions.
Striking feature plant when in flower. Excellent choice for flower display in dry, sandy, seaside gardens.
Type of plantShrub - Evergreen
Sizeto 2.5 m tall and 3 m across
Landscape Useflower display, dry gardens, coastal sites
- Temperature: Frost tender
- Light: High
- Moisture: Low Medium
- Soil: Light Medium
- Wind tolerance: High
- Coastal tolerance: High