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Questions About Echium Plants

Asked by
Pat Tierney on
August 28, 2016

Q. Echium

Can echium grow in Northern Virginia, Alexandria, to be exact? I don’t remember ever seeing the plant and ran across it in Better Homes and Gardens September 2016 issue.

Thank you,
Pat Tierney

Answered by
Alisma on
August 29, 2016
Certified Expert
A.

Echium vulgare (Viper's bugloss) is hardy from zones 3 to 11, so it will be happy in Virginia or nearly everywhere else in the continental US. There are several other species in the Echium genus that will also do well in your location, but the tropical species probably wouldn't make it through the winter.

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Asked by
m cullen on
March 3, 2017

Q. winter protection of plants

This year I used green fleece in my echium pininata. However, I have just discovered those covered have dropped most of their leaves when those not covered and growing well. I never had this trouble with white fleece. Your comments please.

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
March 4, 2017
Certified Expert
A.

Though these products can certainly offer protection, there is danger of excess heat and moisture building up; even on cold days.
Wait and see, and I suspect your plants will recover.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-covering-materials.htm

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Asked by
elysianflat on
August 13, 2017

Q. Why hasn’t my echium flowered yet?

Hello & thank you in advance for any assistance you may be able to help me with. I have 2 healthy Echium\’s that are looking quite good considering the string of frosts we have had in Central Victoria. My question is…. How long does it take for Echium plants to flower? I gave them a feed of slow release fertiliser today but wondering if I may have hindered it further ….. they are both in full sun, planted in sandy soil, never been trimmed or pruned, only get water that comes with rain fall, is not mulched or composted, until today – has never had any slow release fertiliser…… I read something about – they can take up to 4 years after planting before they flower…is this correct? I think mine have been in about 3 years…Many thanks for any help…Belle

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
August 15, 2017
Certified Expert
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Echium can act a biennials and may not bloom the first year they are planted.
This article has care information.

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/tower-of-jewels/echium-tower-of-jewels-info.htm

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Asked by
Edwina Murphy on
February 10, 2018

Q. Echium

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

Answered by
BushDoctor on
February 10, 2018
Certified Expert
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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

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Asked by
patriciastanley11 on
March 21, 2018

Q. pride of madera

My pride of madera was left uncovered this winter and all the 12 branches lost their leaves and I’m at a loss as to where I go from here( do you think it has died?)

Answered by
BushDoctor on
March 21, 2018
Certified Expert
A.

What is your climate zone? These are only suited for USDA zones 9-11. Some varieties are short lived anyway. They will reseed themselves, but I'm not sure what variety that you have. This link will help you to find your climate zone: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/planting-zones/usda-planting-zone-map.htm

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