Echium

robiwanrobiwan Posts: 158
Is anyone growing echiums stumbled across them last year impressive plant 
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 6,986
    There are lots of species of Echium, ranging from a small British native, to the massive Canary island Echiums. Which do you mean?
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  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Third rock from the sunPosts: 24,987
    I guess you mean Echium pininana robiwan. They are wonderful indeed. I don't think they would survive in my garden but I do grow the native Echium vulgare or Viper's Bugloss which the bees go bonkers for
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  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,039
    I had one last year which was beautiful until the storm uprooted it. I now have three more on the go but they were attacked by sawfly earlier in the year so I am not sure how they will turn out. Got rid of the sawfly so they have started growing again. One of my favourite plants. @Lyn and @Guernsey Donkey2, if they don't mind me saying, know a lot about them and will be able to give you whatever information you need. 
  • robiwanrobiwan Posts: 158
    punkdoc said:
    There are lots of species of Echium, ranging from a small British native, to the massive Canary island Echiums. Which do you mean?
    punkdoc said:
    There are lots of species of Echium, ranging from a small British native, to the massive Canary island Echiums. Which do you mean?
    Think native British tall slim small blueish purple flowers
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,110
    My young ones did survive the winter surprisingly, so I’m hoping for some huge spikes this year,  this is their third year. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • robiwanrobiwan Posts: 158
    Ladybird4 said:
    I guess you mean Echium pininana robiwan. They are wonderful indeed. I don't think they would survive in my garden but I do grow the native Echium vulgare or Viper's Bugloss which the bees go bonkers for
    Not sure of name impressive plant though
  • robiwanrobiwan Posts: 158
    Fran IOM said:
    I had one last year which was beautiful until the storm uprooted it. I now have three more on the go but they were attacked by sawfly earlier in the year so I am not sure how they will turn out. Got rid of the sawfly so they have started growing again. One of my favourite plants. @Lyn and @Guernsey Donkey2, if they don't mind me saying, know a lot about them and will be able to give you whatever information you need. 
    thank you Fran IOM
  • Fran IOMFran IOM Posts: 1,039
  • Guernsey Donkey2Guernsey Donkey2 Posts: 6,153
    We have these tall pininana biennials growing in our garden now, although I have read on here that they can take up to three years to flower in parts of the U.K..  There are various varieties of echiums and we have grown the Vipers Burgloss in the past.  The bees love them all.
  • robiwanrobiwan Posts: 158
    Yep first picture looks like them awesome
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