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Echium vulgare (Viper's Bugloss)

Type Herbaceous flower, Evergreen, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Large Border / Screening Plant (1.8 to 3m height)
Colours Dark blue Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Regular Maintenance Required
Hardiness Half hardy
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Echium vulgare - Cultivation Notes

This tender biennial will flourish in sheltered sunny yet sheltered gardens in the south of England. Requiring a gritty well drained yet fertile soil be prepared to stake 2 - 3 metres of flower spike! Prop by seed to replace annually.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Echium vulgare:

  • Evergreen foliage for all year round colour and screening
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Echium vulgare

  • Poisonous if eaten/irritating sap

Design & Plant Use for Echium vulgare:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Tall summer flowering shrub suitable for back of border planting
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
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