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Echium (Macaronesian Giant Burgloss)

Macaronesian Giant Burglosses from the Canary islands, Madeira and Cabo Verde islands are either densely branching woody shrubs with numerous flowers heads or monocaulos with a huge basal leaf rosette and a single tall inflorescence (e.g. Echium simplex and Echium wildpretii). These are very different in habit from their Mediterranean annual or biannual relatives. They are excellent plants for cultivation in pots or small containers. Keep plants sunny throughout the year, especially in winter. They make impressive, very large inflorescences, sometimes containing several thousand flowers each. Grow well in any well drained, rather inorganic soil (e.g. crushed lava adding some humus).
Sow seeds rather flat some 0.5cm deep in some 10cm ø plastic pots. Seeds do not need direct sun to germinate properly, however it is recommended to not cover seeds too much. Seeds usually cannot be extracted from their dried capsules without destroying them, thus the entire capsule shall be sowed. Each capsule may contain up to 4 small, nut-like seeds. All Echium species require a significant difference between day and night temperature. Keep pots in a cool spot with direct sun, so that during the day the soil heats up to some 20°C to 25°C. At night temperature should fall to some 5°C to 10°C. Germination may be inhibited in most species if pots are kept constantly warm (e. g. in a heated propagator). Keep plants frostfree in winter at a minimum of some 10°C in an always sunny spot. Under cool conditions reduce watering to a minimum, unless grown under heated glass. Usually most species will gain flowering size within 3 to 4 years.
Note: Most Echium species make strong seed-capsules, which contain up to four seeds each. These capsules naturally will not shed their seeds until they fall on the earth. They cannot be separated beforehand without destroying the seeds. From these species 20 capsules (i.e. up to 80 seeds per package) will be delivered. Treat the entire capsule as a single seed. Prick out and separate seedlings as soon as they appear.
For more cultivation information please have at look at this page: Sowing and cultivation of Macaronesian Echium species.
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Echium aculeatum

Echium aculeatum

50 (100)cm, a strongly branching, low woody shrub with very narrow, lanceolate, spiny, leathery, coarsely haired leaves. The species makes compact, dome-shaped inflorescences with many pure white, narrow-tubed flowers. It is native of dryish areaes in succulent shrub zone on the Canary islands. Easily grown in pots in any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter reduce watering and keep plants at a minimum of some 10°C. IV-VI.

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Echium auberianum (Prickly Blue Burgloss))

Echium auberianum (Prickly Blue Burgloss))

100 (170)cm, Prickly Blue Burgloss is a rather rare perennial species from the subalpine region of Las Cañadas on Tenerife growing at some 2.400m in pure lava. It makes dense, very hairy rosettes from which several inflorescences emerge to show brilliant blue flowers. A spectacular plant, but very demanding and only suited for the experienced connoisseur. As a matter of fact this is the most difficult of all Echium species we offe and it took us several start-ups before we have finally managed to successfully grow it to flowering size! It it best grown in pure crushed lava in full sun. Keep drier and always very sunny in winter and protect leaves from moisture and rain throughtout the year. It requires a deep pot so that its large succulent roots will develop well. Sow seeds flat in any pure anorganic substrate at some 15° to a maximum of some 25°C with a strong temperature drop during night time. Seeds irregularly germinate over a period of several months. V-VII.

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Echium bethencourtianum

Echium bethencourtianum

150 (250)cm, a woody shrub from coastal areas in northern La Palma. It makes several branches with terminal rosettes of dark green, rather smooth leaves and short cylindrical inflorescences of white, pale blue to bluish rose flowers. Most natural l populations exhibit some hybridal signs with Echium aculeatum, thus this species is naturally polymorphic concerning leaves and flower color and so are all cultivated plants. An excellent container plant which is easily cultivated in any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep drier at a minimum of some 10°C. VI-VIII.

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Echium brevirame

Echium brevirame

30 (100)cm, strongly branching, low woody shrub with narrow, lanceolate (Fuencaliente form) to broad lanceolate (Puntallana form), densely spiny, leather like leaves. Makes compact inflorescences with plenty of pure white, narrow flowers. From the lower succulent shrub of S La Palma. For a preferably inorganic soil in full sun throughout the year. Keep drier in winter. V-IX.

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Echium callithyrsum

Echium callithyrsum

150 (350)cm, a beautiful, tall and broad woody shrub with smooth, brownish red stems on older plants and softly hairy, broad lanceolate, middle green leaves and very tall cylindrical, pale blue inflorescence with a light amethyst to rose tinge. For any humus rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot with reduced watering and a minimum of some 10°C in winter months. VI-VII.

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Echium candicans

Echium candicans

150 (200)cm, a sub-erect, woody shrub with large, broadly lanceolate, smooth leaves and intensive blue flowers in a cylindrical inflorescence. Native to Madeira in the lower parts of the open laurel forest, where it has become rather rare in nature. One of the most beautiful Echium species for any humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot and a winter minimum of some 12°C with reduced watering. V-VII

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Echium decaisnei ssp. decaisnei

Echium decaisnei ssp. decaisnei

100 (200)cm, a broadly branching, woody shrub native of Gran Canaria (Canary islands, Spain), where it occurs in sun-exposed open spots in the succulent zone at some 600m in the South of this island. It makes terminal dome shaped inflorescences with white flowers and slightly pink margins inside. A very robust species, easily grown in any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter reduce watering and keep plants at a minimum of some 15°C. II-IV.

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Echium giganteum

Echium giganteum

2 (4)m, a multi-branching, tall woody shrub with numerous dome shaped inflorescences with white flowers. A very easy and robust species for any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year and reduced watering in winter at a minimum of some 10°C. II-V.

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Echium hierrense

Echium hierrense

150 (250)cm, a densely braching shrub with a woody base and elongated, dense inflorescences of pale bluish-rose flowers above silvery-shining, narrow lanceolate leaves. For any rich, yet well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter reduce watering and keep plants at a minimum of some 10°C. IV-VI.

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Echium leucophaeum

Echium leucophaeum

120cm (200)cm, a strongly branching, woody, rather tall shrub with decorative, narrow, lanceolate leaves and medium sized, cotton-pads like inflorescences, with white to rosy-white, narrow flowers. For any rather inorganic soil, keep always sunny, and slightly drier in winter at a minimum of some 10°C. IV-VI.

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Echium nervosum (syn. Echium fastuosum)

Echium nervosum (syn. Echium fastuosum)

100 (150)cm, compact, low woody shrub with broad cylindrical to egg shaped inflorescences of pale blue to pale bluish-rose (rarely pure white) flowers above narrow, densely hairy, silver green leaves. Endemic of sunny rocky positions in the lower vegetation zone of Madeira. For a sunny spot in any well drained soil. Keep slightly drier in winter. V-VII.

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Echium onosmifolium

Echium onosmifolium

100cm, a more compact species from the upper succulent zone on Gran Canaria. It makes narrow, blackish green, strongly bristle leaves and plenty of narrow-tubed, perfectly white flowers in dense, conical inflorescences. A good container plant which is easily cultivated in any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep plants drier at a minimum of some 15°C and always in full sun. VI-VIII.

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Echium onosmifolium ssp. spectabile

Echium onosmifolium ssp. spectabile

70 (150)cm, a local subspecies from western Gran Canaria. It is a woody shrub with broader leaves than the species and terminal, narrow cylindrical white inflorescences. This subspecies requires a more detailed genetic study as plants might be stabilized hybrids of the species and Echium decaisnei. A good container plant which is easily cultivated in any rich, well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep plants drier at a minimum of some 15°C and always in full sun. VI-VIII.

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Echium plantagineum

Echium plantagineum

20 (120)cm, annual to biannual species with a dense basal leaf rosette and a tall branching inflorescence with quite large, brilliant lilac blue flowers. Native of S Europe, the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands growing in open spots in rock to sandy soils. For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun. Sow directly into the ground after the last cold nights in late spring or alternatively pre-cultivate under frostfree conditions in early spring. IV-VII.

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seed package (ex Mallorca, Spain)7390 € 3,99
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seed package (ex Tenerife)3456 € 3,99
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Echium sabulicola (Sand Burgloss) Exclusive

Echium sabulicola (Sand Burgloss) Exclusive

30 (45)cm, Sand Burgloss is a creeping biannual to short lived perennial native of rocky sites and sand dunes near by the sea in the Mediterranean region. It has showy, dark purlish-blue flowers on elongating, trailing stems with dark green leaves. Easily cultivated in any rich, well drained soil in a sunny spot. VI-VIII.

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Echium simplex

Echium simplex

1m ø, makes a perfectly white inflorescence of some 2 (4)m in height ! Native of Tenerife, where ist very rare, occurring in only few sites in the Anaga Mountain Range in the north-eastern parts of this island. It is an excellent container plant with large, smoothly pubescent leaves in dense and broad rosette on a short stem. Keep at a minimum of some 10°C in winter in a sunny spot and careful watering. Will flower within some 3 years and dies down afterwards, however it can be easily raised from seeds which are set in abundance. A spectacular and very easy going, yet rare species! IV-V.

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Echium strictum

Echium strictum

70 (120)cm, middle sized, woody biannual to short lived perennial shrub with large, ovoid, smooth dark green leaves and nice, candle like inflorescences in pale rose blue. From the upper succulent shrub in eastern Tenerife (Chamorga, Anaga region, 550m). A good species for its compact growth, dark green leaves and brilliant flower color. For a rather inorganic soil (e.g. crushed lava), keep sunny and drier in winter at a minimum of some 5°C. V-VII.

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Echium sventenii

Echium sventenii

100 (150)cm, a poorly understood species from southern and south-western Tenerife which is closely related to Echium virescens, and which may be a local and more drought adapted form. It has much narrower, silvery green leaves with enrolled margins. The candle like inflorescences reaches up to 25cm in height and is pale to bright rose. For any rich, very well drained substrate in a sunny spot throughout the year. In winter keep plants slightly drier at a minimum of some 10°C. IV-VI.

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Echium virescens

Echium virescens

150 (300)cm, multi-branching shrub, narrowly lanceolate and soft leaves, from the open pine forest of Tenerife at some 1.000m. Makes several inflorescence in a single plant every year, bright pink flowers. Probably the easiest and one of the richest flowering, perennial and woody Echium species. II-V.

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Echium webbii

Echium webbii

100 (150)cm, beautiful and easy species from sunny spots in open rock crevices in the pine forest of La Palma. Similar to Echium virescens, yet inflorescence narrower with brilliant violet blue flowers and broader deep green leaves. Becoming rare in nature. From Barranco Izcagua at some 780m. IV-VII.

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Echium wildpretii ssp. wildpretii (rose flowering)

Echium wildpretii ssp. wildpretii (rose flowering)

100cm ø rosette, an unique and spectacular rose flowering form from the Tajinaste Rojo. It is not to be confused with the rose flowering subspecies Echium wildpretii ssp. trichosipohon from the island of La Palma, but it is a rose flowering selection from Echium wildpretii ssp. wildpretii. As the normal red form it is an utmost showy biannual to semiperennial species with a tall cylindrical inflorescence of up to 400cm in height with several thousands of rich pink flowers which are arranged in arching circles. It grows in any pure inorganic soil (e.g. crushed lava) and should be carefully watered, especially in winter. It requires the sunniest position throughout the year and a minimum of some 10°C in winter. It temporarily endures slight freezing down to -7°C if the inner rosette is sheltered from rain. A somewhat delicate plant for the connoisseur, however the low price makes it worth a try! An excellent plant for a frostfree greenhouse or cool wintergarden. USDA Climate Zone 8. IV-VI.
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Echium wildpretii ssp. wildpretii (Tajinaste Rojo)

Echium wildpretii ssp. wildpretii (Tajinaste Rojo)

100cm ø rosette, Tajinaste Rojo is an utmost showy biannual to semiperennial species and the symbol of Tenerife, where it is locally called "Orgullo de Tenerife" (Pride of Tenerife). It makes a cylindrical inflorescence of up to 400cm in height with several thousands of deep red flowers which are arranged in arching circles. Its habitat is located at an altitude of some 2.100m in the subalpine zone of the Cañadas depression on Tenerife. It grows in any pure inorganic soil (e.g. crushed lava) and should be carefully watered, especially in winter. It requires the sunniest position throughout the year and a minimum of some 10°C in winter. It temporarily endures slight freezing down to -7°C if the inner rosette is sheltered from rain. A somewhat delicate plant for the connoisseur, however the low price makes it worth a try! An excellent plant for a frostfree greenhouse or cool wintergarden. USDA Climate Zone 8. IV-VI.

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