Echium

I’d almost forgotten one of my favorite California plants, Echium, or Pride of Madeira. They’re in bloom right now and the blue-violet color amazes me every time I see them. . . .

echium_bokeh_web

Close-up:

echium_bee_web

Did you find the bee?

echium_light_web

I once saw a hillside landscaped with nothing but echium and green agave plants. So beautiful.

echium_vertical_web

Echium plants are great for covering large areas, because they get huge. Eight feet tall and three feet wide.
They are native to Madeira and the Canary Islands, and are drought-tolerant.

Hope your week’s going well. Last week we went to Palm Springs for a few days. I’m still editing the photos (I took a lot.) so will try to upload some in my next post.

{carole}

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20 Responses to Echium

  1. Ms. Spock says:

    Colorful! Does echium come in any color other than what you’re showing us?

  2. Caroline says:

    Such lovely flowers.
    I like the second shot a lot.

  3. I don’t recall ever seeing these lovely flowers, but I like the bluish purple against the green and the shape is so interesting. I can’t imagine what they would look like 8 feet tall!

    Hope you had a great week!

  4. Dounia says:

    Wow, these are beautiful. I love their color – it’s so unique and such a vibrant bluish purple!

  5. TBM says:

    Very beautiful and 8 feet tall. That’s pretty cool.

  6. Spatz says:

    What a wonderful color! Enchanting!

  7. Wayne says:

    *sigh* If only we had such beautiful varieties.

  8. Lady Jennie says:

    That is my favorite color. Love the detail!

  9. Cheryl says:

    I’ve never seen anything like it … sturdy stalk, delicate blossoms! Beautiful, Carole.

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