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Echium Candican 'Fastuosum' Blue Plant

Echium Candican 'Fastuosum' Blue Plant

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Echium Candicans 'Fastuosum Blue,' commonly known as Pride of Madeira, is an evergreen shrub renowned for its magnificent blue flower spikes and architectural beauty. Native to Madeira, this plant boasts an impressive stature, reaching heights of 4 to 6 feet with a similar spread. Its distinctive silver-green lance-shaped leaves create an elegant contrast to the vibrant blue blossoms that adorn numerous dense spikes, resulting in a visually captivating display.

In its first year in the ground Echium forms a low rosette of silver, hairy, spear-like leaves. The following year, Echium suddenly spurts into growth and produces a single 4m (13.1ft) many tall flower spikes festooned with deep violet blue, funnel-shaped flowers. After flowering the plant dies, but not before scattering its seeds. In mild parts of the UK these may germinate where they land, but in colder areas seeds should be sown under glass in spring.

What makes 'Fastuosum Blue' truly remarkable is not only its aesthetic appeal but also its role as a pollinator magnet. The abundance of blue tubular flowers attracts a plethora of pollinators, especially bees, making it an essential addition to any wildlife-friendly garden. This Echium variety thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, making it ideal for coastal and Mediterranean-inspired landscapes. With minimal maintenance requirements, Pride of Madeira offers a touch of exotic allure and an abundance of natural beauty to your outdoor space. Plant 'Fastuosum Blue,' and watch your garden come alive with buzzing activity and striking blue hues.

At a glance:

  • Stunning plant for any sheltered border
  • Plants flower every second year
  • Self-seeding


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Common Name
Genus Echium
Plant Form Medium/large plug
Plant Type
Climate Mediterranean, Temperate
Plant habitat
Sunlight Full sun, partial shade
Watering Light
Flowering period Summer
Flower Colour Blue
Season of interest
Foliage Evergreen
Hardiness Rating (RHS)
Soil type Well-drained, light. Clay, loam, sand, peat
Soil PH
Size Eventual Height: 4m , Eventual Spread: 90cm 
Awards
Care notes Plants flower every second year, so sow seeds every year to ensure a continuous supply of blooms.
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