Echium wildpretti whose conical inflorescence stands out in any garden

Echium wildpretti also known as Red Tajinaste . It belongs to the Boraginaceae family , which is composed of about 60 species of herbaceous plants from the Mediterranean basin, the Canary Islands and Madeira. But in this case specifically from Tenerife and La Palma.

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Characteristics of the Echium wildpretti

Biennial herbaceous plant (requires at least 2 years for it to complete its biological cycle), it can reach about 3 m in height when it blooms and is conical in shape. The leaves are linear-lanceolate, arise in rosettes and can measure up to 30 cm in length. The flowers are red or pink and can turn bluish, they are melliferous and capable of attracting thousands of bees and butterflies. Blooms in late spring and early summer in the second year of life. Being a large conical inflorescence full of flowers.

Echium wildpretti care

It is used as an isolated specimen, in small groups, to give notes of color to the lawn, or when it dries it can be very decorative.

It is a species that needs exposure to full sun and high temperatures for it to thrive well. Although it usually tolerates the cold, it is better not to expose it.

As for the soil, it must be well drained, but it can live in those stony and poor soils with a little organic matter.

It is very resistant to drought, but the waterings should be moderate, waiting for the soil to dry out well.

It does not require pruning. While the compost should be in the spring until late summer or early fall. This will be a liquid fertilizer for flowering plants and the quantity will be the one indicated by the manufacturer.

Being a plant resistant to wind and pests, the only thing you should pay attention to is excess moisture. If it has an excess of liquid it could generate fungi and, therefore, it would be necessary to resort to fungicides. In addition, in the rainy season it is necessary to be careful with the snails, since these mollusks can eat the shoots very easily.

It usually multiplies from seed in the spring with a sandy and slightly damp substrate.

So if you want this beautiful specimen, don’t hesitate to buy the seeds so that you can enjoy its growth and great color in that garden. What do you think?

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