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Echium pininana alba

Snow Tower

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height3m to 5m
  • Spread1m
  • Speed of GrowthVery fast
  • Growth HabitColumnar
  • Flower ColourWhite
  • Leaf ColourSilvery grey

Description

Echium pininana alba (Snow Tower). A rare, and hardier, white form of Echium pininana which originates from Guernsey. Usually a biennial, it forms a large rosette of silver-grey leaves in the first year. In the second, it grows a huge tower of flowers up 4 or 5 metres.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Tree-like

Other common names

Tower of Jewels, Tree Echium

Origin

Guernsey

Interest and use

Spectacular plant for any garden, which also attracts hundreds of humming bees to its tower of flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Peaty
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Choose a well-sheltered partially shaded spot. Well-drained, always moist, peaty (or equivalent) soil.

Propagation

Sow the seeds in the summer or by root semi-ripe cuttings in the summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Watch out for red spider mites and whitefly under glass, also slugs can cause a lot of damage.

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