Echium is a quite large genus with annuals or biennials to perennial, woody plants, of which many have most ornamental, sometimes impressively tall flower stalks. In contrast to their mostly perennial, woody Canary relatives, the species offered here are mostly biennials from Central Europe and the Mediterranean. In the first year they make a basal leaf rosette out of which a sometimes quite tall flower stalk emerges in summer the second year. All require a very well drained, preferably sandy or stony soil in a sunny spot. They are ideal for the rock garden.
Sow flat in any rich, yet well drained, sandy soil, keep pots in full sun. Transplant seedlings from end of spring till late autumn in a sunny, protected spot in the garden. Annual species are best sowed directly to the ground after the last freezing night in mid spring.
All are USDA Climate Zone 6.
20 seeds per package.