Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
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'Pride of Madeira' Echium candicans

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  • A truly dramatic garden plant, it produces the most spectacular indigo-coloured flower spikes seemingly from nowhere in summer.
  • Despite its common name of 'Pride of Madeira', it is hardy in the UK down to -5C.
  • It self-seeds in a small area, and once these seedlings have germinated and over-wintered they too may flower away and produce a little colony.
  • Truly spectacular biennial shrub and one of the plants most favoured by bees that you can grow.
  • Supplied as an over-wintered plant in a 2L pot, between 30-50cm tall, ready to flower in its first summer.
  • A truly dramatic garden plant, it produces the most spectacular indigo-coloured flower spikes seemingly from nowhere in summer.
  • Despite its common name of 'Pride of Madeira', it is hardy in the UK down to -5C.
  • It self-seeds in a small area, and once these seedlings have germinated and over-wintered they too may flower away and produce a little colony.
  • Truly spectacular biennial shrub and one of the plants most favoured by bees that you can grow.
  • Supplied as an over-wintered plant in a 2L pot, between 30-50cm tall, ready to flower in its first summer.

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A truly dramatic garden plant, a close relative of borage, it produces the most spectacular tall flower spikes seemingly from nowhere in summer.

Despite its common name of 'Pride of Madeira', it is hardy in the UK down to -5C or so, particularly where it is drier in winter. It is biennial, so needs one cold winter after germination to flower - so these plants will flower in their first year and beyond.

Once your echium has established and flowered, it will self-seed prolifically and, unless we have a really harsh winter, you will never have to plant another as you will always have plenty of seedlings!

E. candicans will grow to around 1m (3ft) in its first year, then in its second, it produces its magnificent flower - in milder areas the plants keep growing all year around and, after a frost-free winter, you will see enormous flower spikes. Expect flowering spikes in July or later.

Although plants are hardy when kept dry,  leaves can still be damaged by frost and cold winds, and the cold will kill plants that are in wet ground, so protect plants over winter with fleece or similar product.

A common sight in Cornwall as well, Echiums are best grown in very well drained soils, or in large pots with plenty of sand or grit for drainage. When it does grow in spring, keep it well watered between May and August as it grows quickly.

Echiums self-seed over a small area, and once these seedlings have germinated and over-wintered, they too may flower away, and a little colony will appear. Truly spectacular and one of the best plants that you can grow to attract pollinating insects into your garden.

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Supplied as an over-wintered plant in a 2L pot, between 30-50cm tall, ready to flower in this first summer.

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

  • After flowering, the stalk will quickly brown and die off but don't be in a hurry to cut it down until the autumn to allow the seeds to disperse.
  • If your plants are shy to bloom, try a high potash feed, and if in pots, move to a larger pot. Also keep well-watered through the summer of their first year to promote flowers in the second year.

Care Information

  • Grow pride of Madeira in full sun in soil that is poor to moderately fertile and well-drained - highly fertile soil may reduce flowering.
  • Established plants are tolerant of drought, wind and salt so make ideal coastal plants - although in times of drought, they do appreciate extra water.
  • Protect from hard frosts, especially in spring when the flower spikes are beginning to develop.
  • Hardy to -5C when kept dry, you will still need to provide winter protection to avoid frost damage to leaves.
  • Tall flower spikes may need additional support.
  • Touching the foliage may cause a skin irritation, so wear gloves when pruning or handling.

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Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
150 cm
150 cm
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