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Echium pininana

Tower of Jewels, Giant Viper's Bugloss, Tree Echium, Echium pinnifolium

Hardy Biennial

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No wonder this is also called Tower of Jewels or 'Pride of Tenerife! Exceptionally tall flower spikes packed with either rose or purple-blue flowers, interspersed with silver-green lanceolate leaves.

Ideal For:
wildlife gardens, exotic garden, specimen plant, coastal garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August, September
Sowing Months:
May, June, July
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (25 seeds)

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    • Despatch: By end of April 2014
    • £3.99
Sow 3mm (1/8in) deep in good seed sowing compost from late May-late July. Germination takes 7-14 days at 18-20C (65-70F).

When large enough to handle, transplant the seedlings to 7.5cm (3in) pots and over-winter in a cool greenhouse, conservatory or on a well lit windowsill with a temperature of around 7C (45F). Plant out the following spring 1m (3ft) apart, into a sunny site with well drained soil.

Although this species is proving to be quite cold hardy, its best to cover the base of the plants with a little bracken or similar over the winter. They can also be grown in 30cm (12in) pots to flower in a conservatory or cool greenhouse.

Caution: skin irritant

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


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Reviews
  1. Giants stalk the allotment

    By Geoff Catchpole 15-05-2011

    Patience is required as these can take 2-3 years to mature. They can be destroyed by hard frosts but I sowed them between my fruit trees on the clifftop allotment at Harwich and they drew many admiring comments, I even had a visit from they Mayor. Once sown they grow by themselves and mine made 12-15ft. A magnet for bees. Very pleased.

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