Few shrubs produce such magnificent conical flower spikes! Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans or Echium fastuosum) is a fascinating biennial mounding shrub that grows up to 5-6 feet (150-180 cm) and spreads 6-10 feet (180-300 cm), displaying fabulously eye-catching, cone-shaped blue clusters from late spring through summer, atop sculptural and attractive rosettes of silvery-green, hairy leaves.
- Mostly pest or disease free and requiring low maintenance, Pride of Madeira is evergreen, drought tolerant, deer and salty winds resistant. It also attracts scores of birds, bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
- Performs best in full sun, in poor and dry soils and with just a little water. An excellent choice for the water-wise gardener for whom severe frost is a non-issue.
- Fast growing, it should be cut back hard after flowering for a neat appearance and to promote new growth. Short-lived, it reseeds freely.
- It is a great candidate as foundation shrub in seaside gardens, on hillsides and slopes. Its quick rate of growth makes this plant useful for plugging gaps in the garden. Paired with other bold-colored plants like Bougainvillea, Salvia mycrophilla or even golden English Roses such as Rose Graham Thomas create stunning scenes.
- Severe discomfort may result if any part of the plant is ingested. Foliage may cause skin irritation.