Hi I planted 2 echiums last year and right now they are completely black. Will they come back for their flower this year or are they dead. Edwina
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The ones that are dead will not come back. They are biennials. This means that the first year is spent growing the leaves, while the second will set a flower spike, thus completing its life cycle.
There is good news, though. These flowers drop seeds like crazy. You will have more come up but they will take 2 years to complete their cycle again.
Here is an article for more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/tower-of-jewels/echium-tower-of-jewels-info.htm