Echium candicans L.f.

Pride of Madeira


Family: Boraginaceae

Genus: Echium

Category: Perennial

Zones: Hardy to 25F - 9 to 10

Size: 6 to 8' tall, slightly less wide

Exposure: Sun

Description: 

Erect branches with long gray-green leaves directly from the stems, blue-purple flower spikes in spring. Prefers dry soil, well-drained.

From Bot. Reg. The white hue so conspicuous in this plant, and which has suggested the specific name, is communicated by a short thick villous pubescence that covers nearly every part of it. The stem is of a close-grained hard wood, and sometimes nearly two inches in diameter near the base. The bloom is produced in April and May, and continues long in beauty...

History: 

Native to Madeira and introduced in 1777.

First published in Suppl. Pl. 131 in 1782.

Also published in Bot. Reg. 1: 44 in 1815.

From Bot. Reg. Native of the island of Madeira, where it grows on rocks, and is said to attain the height of six feet or more. Introduced by Mr. Masson in 1777.

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