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Identify tis very tall plant


My son saw this plant on an allotment in Hartlepool he asked me to identify it I have seen it before on gardeners world in an article about a couple who fell in love with it and grew it all over their garden. I'm not sure sure if they grew it commercialy or just for pleasure it's very striking and I will endeavour to describe my son sent me a photo of it but unfortunately I don't know how

to put it on here. 

It's at least six feet tall

One long cone shape stem ending in a point 

Smallish flowers from top to bottom spicky leaves pointing out all the way up

It looks like it doesn't belong in the British isles 

It looks as though it would be more at home in a desert situation. Does anyone know what it is please 


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,965

    Hello and welcome Hazy Day image

    Is it an Echium pininana? 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,357

    Hard without a photo but have a look at Echium pininana 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • HazyDayHazyDay Posts: 12

    I am so thrilled about that and joining this forum. 

    I love all things gardening and often hit obstacles it will be great to be able to gain more knowledge and help from other keen gardeners. 

    Regards Marie 

  • HazyDayHazyDay Posts: 12

    Fantastic you are right I will now let my son know

    Isn't amazing that a plant from the canary islands can grow and thrive an an allotment in Hartlepool of all places. 

    Thank you 

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,357

    image Plants are amazing

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,965

    Aren't they just Nut image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Torg22Torg22 Posts: 302

    I have one growing at the back of our communal car park in a flower bed behind a tree stump. Its hilarious to watch grow. Started off as a small seedling in the autumn of last year and now it is going through a growth spurt and is around 3ft tall and getting very wide. I will have to move some other plants soon as it is swamping them. Not sure if it will flower this year or not.

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