Echium or commonly known as Pride of Madeira (Echium spp.) are hardy flowering perennial plants that are known for their cone like flower spikes that are renowned for their ability to attract bees to the garden. With their fast growing grey colour foliage and cone flowers available in an array of purple, pink to white colours, they produce an attractive plant to place along pathways, hard to plant areas or in cottage gardens.


How to grow Echium in a garden

  1. Choose a position in full sun or part shade with well drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Dynamic Lifter Organic Plant Food. If the soil is clay based, add gypsum and fork in well. 
  3. Dig the planting hole twice as wide and to the same depth as the root-ball. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  4. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down. Form a raised ring around the plant, creating a well so that water will go where it’s needed most. Water in well. 
  5. Mulch with an organic mulch like woodchip or pea straw, keeping it away from the base of the plant.
  6. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  7. During the growing and flowering season feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food
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How to grow Echium in a pot

When choosing an Echium for a pot, look for a dwarf variety which are more suitable for pots.

  1. Choose a pot at least 300mm wide.
  2. Position in full sun or part shade.
  3. Fill pot with quality potting mix, such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots.
  5. Position in hole and backfill, gently firming down.
  6. Water in well.
  7. Water deeply, once or twice a week, depending on weather conditions.
  8. During the growing and flowering season, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. Throughout the year apply Yates Thrive Fish Blood & Bone Plant Food Concentrate.

Growing tips

  • Echiums dislike having wet feet and can suffer from root rot in soils that are poorly drained or if they are over watered.

  • Remove spent flowers to promote further blooms.

  • Lightly prune bushes after flowering ensuring only to cut into the soft wood.

  • Great for border plantings and in areas where salty winds are prevalent.

  • Perfect plant for attracting bees to the garden.

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