This tough perennial/sub-shrub boasts 2′ tall flower spikes in spring on top of a branched dome of silvery foliage, that are like sandpaper to the touch. The flowers are purple.
Even without the flowers, the foliage is quite stunning. The center rib of each leaf is pink and the underside is almost purple. We sometimes miss the beauty in the detail when everyone concentrates on the flowers.
This is its second year in the ground and it is now a mound 3′ X 3′. So far no signs of flowers.
Pronunciation: EK-ee-um far-stew-OH-some
Species Meaning: Proud
Echium fastuosum is native to Madeira.
Needs good drainage and little to no summer water. Full sun. It is endemic to the island of Madiera where it grows on rocky cliffs and terraces in the Central Mountain Massif at elevations ranging from 2,500’ to 4,600’.
Seeds or cuttings.
There is a weed risk with this plant, and we will have to monitor it carefully after its first flowering. In southern California it is now listed as an invasive plant.
Syn: Echium candicans
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20059
Found in Garden of the Giants,
Along the wall farthest away from the main path.
We acquired this plant from Annie's Annuals and Perennials.