Echium russicum


Often listed as a biennial, it has been perennial for me for quite a few years. First year from seed it makes a big rosette of rough hairy leaves and then in subsequent years shoots up spikes of raspberry flowers up to three feet or so. Not nearly as dramatic as some of the tender echium, but still striking, lovely, and different. Makes a great cut flower. Very tough and drought tolerant, but doesn't demand good drainage, as it was as happy as can be in the heavy wet clay of my old garden. Zone 5.
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 12 October, 2008.