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Echium vulgare

Blueweed

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.4m to 1m
  • Spread0.15m to 0.3m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourBright blue-purple
  • Leaf ColourDark green-grey

Description

Echium vulgare (Blueweed). This is a hardy biennial, which is native to coastal areas, It will thrive in full sun with rich well drained soil, they will grow quickly to produce showy flowering spikes which will appear in the early summer, the blooms are extremely attractive to bees. The seeds may be sown in the early spring and then pricked out into individual pots or you may sow the seeds later in the spring or in the early autumn directly into their garden bed.

Characteristics

Perennial or Biennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Viper's bugloss

Origin

S. Europe

Interest and use

Ornamental, container, border, or can be found on waste ground.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium, Poor quality, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterDry

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

Annual self-seeding/sow direct.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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