Echium: 'Pride of Madeira' in bloom
I've been enjoying the beautiful blue blooms on this plant for over three months now, so I thought I'd share a couple of pictures of it. It's good old "pride of Maderia" (usually listed as Echium candicans) which I've been growing in my garden for three years. You see it all over southern California in bloom in late winter/early spring, so it's not super unusual at all, although I haven't seen many (any) in the Phoenix area long-term (just small ones for sale). I hope you'll take a look and enjoy the pics.
I bought it as a single small rosette of foliage, about 6 inches across, three years ago. I really didn't think it would survive our long hot summers, but with water twice a week in hot weather it's done really, really well and is now probably four feet tall and six feet across. I'm hoping it will set a bunch of seed so I'll have some to share. The individual flowers are small, each about the size of a lobelia bloom, but there are literally hundreds and hundreds of them for months, with each flower cluster expanding to one or two feet in height.
If you're growing it too with long term success, please share!
Here is a link that might be useful: My little garden blog, couple of posts a month