• Echium pininana 'Alba'

Echium pininana 'Alba'

Tree Echium, Pine Echium, Giant Viper's Bugloss, Echium pininana 'Snowtower'
Size: 1.5L pots - Large plants

Availability: Sold Out

£14.99

Quick Overview

  • Half-hardy biennial
  • Stunning rosettes of exotic foliage
  • Giant flower spike 4 - 5 metres high
  • Thousands of tiny white flowers irresistible to bees
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Description

Echium pininana 'Alba', is the white-flowering form of the Giant Tree Echium. A truly magnificent plant with wide silvery-green leaves foliage and - in its second year - an enormous raceme, typically 3-5 metres high, covered with masses of white flowers that the bees go absolutely mad for.

A monocarpic biennial, the biggest challenge in cultivation is to get it through the winter. It requires a warm sheltered sunny location and in a severe winter you will need to protect it with several layers of heavy-duty fleece. An alternative is to keep it inside in a large pot for as long as you can until the Spring and plant it out then. Whenever it is transplanted you should know that it really doesn't like being transplanted and it will sulk for several days with the leaves going limp, It is important to keep it very well watered at this time and cut off any lower leaves that turn yellow to reduce transpiration loss. Choose a period of time when the days are cool and cloudy to transplant and do it towards the end of the day. As long as it is well watered it will recover. Once growing again it will quickly send out new leaves followed by its enormous flower spike.

Additional Information

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Family Boraginaceae
Sub-Family Boraginoideae
Synonyms Echium pininana 'Snowtower'
Geographical Origin Canary Islands
Cultivation Full Sun. Keep it watered, it will wilt and sulk if neglected. A biennial, sometimes a triennial, the main challenge is getting it through periods of sub-zero temperatures in the winter
Eventual Height 4-5 m
Eventual Spread 1 m
Hardiness Cold tolerant but not fully hardy, it requires skill and not a little luck to get it through the winter in all but favoured southern coastal situations. Overwintering in a large pot indoors is an alternative

Echium pininana 'Alba'

Tree Echium, Pine Echium, Giant Viper's Bugloss, Echium pininana 'Snowtower'
Size: 1.5L pots - Large plants

Availability: Sold Out

£14.99
You could receive 20 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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