Plant of the month - Echium candicans

Pride of Madeira is a bold statement to any garden. A large shrub from 2-2.5m tall and wide, that tolerates coastal conditions, hot direct sun, low water levels and attracts butterflies and bees to the garden. Architectural grey, green foliage throughout the year are complemented by the most striking purple flower spikes throughout Spring.

It looks great in formal, coastal and Mediterranean themes where it will be the superstar of the garden when flowering. I particularly like it mixed with other grey and blue hues, for example wth Westringia, Festuca and Convolvulus. 

Botanical name: Echium candicans

Common name: Pride Of Madeira Family:

Boraginaceae Origin: The Portuguese Island of Madeira – Portugal and Spain