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Echium plantagineum

Purple viper's bugloss

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height0.3m to 0.6m
  • Growth HabitRosette
  • Flower ColourRich blue-purple

Description

Echium plantagineum (Purple viper's bugloss). An annual or biennial to 60cm native to warm, dry areas of Europe. Produces a basal rosette of bristly leaves up to 15cm long. The flower stems produced in late spring and summer form a panicle of rich blue-purple flowers that can occasionally be red. Although this is an attractive bedding plant, it tends to self-seed in dry climates and could become invasive.

Characteristics

Annual, Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Bedding

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light, Medium
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They are fully hardy to frost tender, min 3C, and will need full sun with fertile, well drained soil. You should water the containerized specimens freely in the summer and moderately at other times.

Propagation

Propagate from seed or cuttings in spring or summer. In mild climates they self- seed readily.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly may sometimes be troublesome. Contact with foliage may irritate skin.

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