Echium candicans is a large herbaceous biennial. It is also known as the Pride of Madeira or Echium ‘Pride of Madeira’. As its common name suggests it is native to the island of Madeira.
Madeira is an autonomous region in Portugal, about 400km or 250mi north of the Canary Islands and to the west of Morocco. Echium candicans is part of the Boraginaceae family of plants. It is drought tolerant. They use candicans as an ornamental plant around the world.
Echium candicans is a sub-shrub that has grey and hairy lance-shaped leaves. In the first year after it germinates it produces a large rosette of leaves. Then in the second year or subsequent years, it produces stalks of bluish-violet flowers and rough leaves. Echium candicans flowers in spring and summer. It can grow up to 2.5m or 8ft high.
Echium candicans is an evergreen plant but can only tolerate temperatures down to 7°C or 45°F and should be protected in colder areas during the winter season. It is considered an invasive plant in California, New Zealand, and Australia. But they still use it as an ornamental garden plant.
How to grow Echium candicans:
Grow Echium candicans in the sun. Plant it in moderately fertile but well-drained soil. Propagate from seeds. It does not require pruning. It is disease-free. Watch out for whitefly, red spider mite, vine weevils.
Echium candicans is popular with butterflies and bees.