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Echium pininana

Echium Pininana Jon Grimshaw

See them in the Pinewoods

These giant plants are, amazingly, only biennial, flowering in their second year before dying.  A short but dramatic lifespan! The spires of blue flowers reach three to four metres and are on sunny day's swarming with many happy bees.

The plants you see in the Pinewoods are all self-seeded, we simply remove seedlings from where we don't want them - easy when small. Echium pininana or tree echiums are easy to grow from seed - the best way to introduce them into your own garden.

They will happily grow in sheltered positions with well drained soils. Seeds can be sown in late May to July and planted out in their final positions by the end of summer. You may want to overwinter a few back up seedlings in a cool greenhouse, conservatory or on a well-lit windowsill in case of a hard winter.

Tree echiums are sadly endangered in their native Canary Islands, as their natural open forest homes are lost to agriculture.

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AGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information




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