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Blue Pride of Madeira (no purple tint in flower spikes)

Posted by Sunshinecupertino California (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 13, 14 at 16:50

Hello, I am in north California. I have seen in a neighbor's yard a blue "Pride of Madeira" plant, big with long slender blue color flower cones. Very unique, and different from most of the Pride of Madeira that I could find in the nursery. Does anyone know what variety this is and where to order one?

Most "Pride of Madeira" have purple to blue flower cones. The cones are fatter, about 3-inches wide at the base. You can visibly see purple hue in the flower cones.

This one plant is different in two ways: 1. the flower spikes are longer and slender, only about 1.5 inch to 2-inches at the base of the cone, and 2. the color is blue, with almost no purple hue.

I don't seem to be able to find information online about such a blue variety of pride of madeira, I did find something called "Select Blue" online. But I was not sure, and could find no specific description about " select blue." Thanks

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RE: Blue Pride of Madeira (no purple tint in flower spikes)

  • Posted by bahia SF Bay Area (My Page) on
    Mon, Apr 14, 14 at 15:22

They are extremely variable in color, size of spikes, etc from seed, and there are selected forms that are propagated from cuttings. Semi hardwood cuttings are the general method to select the form you want.

RE: Blue Pride of Madeira (no purple tint in flower spikes)

Check out Annies, she has some new ones in her catalog. Al

RE: Blue Pride of Madeira (no purple tint in flower spikes)

Echium fastuosum maybe, the flowers can be purple to blue and the flower varies between a little chubby to more conical in shape. I plant Mr. Happy hybrids in my garden for the tall blooms from Annie's. Pride of Madeira has a tendency to freeze in my garden from cold blasts of canyon air.

This post was edited by elysianfields on Wed, Apr 30, 14 at 4:56

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