Echium wildpretii

Tower of Jewels, Echium bourgaeanum

Includes about 40 annuals, biennials, and perennial herbs and shrubs that generally are grown for their flowers. Native to Europe, the Canary Islands, Africa and West Asia, they have various leaf forms and flowers in clusters or spikes, as well as bristly hairs or even harder bristles. Water freely in summer, moderately at other times. Propagate by seed in spring or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer. Susceptible to whitefly.
Echium wildpretii, Tower of Jewels, Echium bourgaeanum
Short-lived but interesting plant that grows as a round mass of soft, silvery leaves in its first year, then sprouts spires of rose to red flowers up to 10 feet tall. Plant dies after fruiting, leaving lots of seeds.

Attributes - Echium wildpretii

Plant Type: Biennial

Bloom Season: Mid Spring through Late Spring

Flower Color: Pink, Red

Height: 4 ft. to 10 ft.

Width: 10 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun

Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11

Notes: Container Plants, Poisonous, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Whiteflies.

Related Plants

Echium candicans, Echium vulgare
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