Echium candicans, commonly known as Pride of Madeira, is a stunning evergreen shrub native to the Madeira Islands. It produces tall spikes of blue-purple flowers in late spring and early summer, attracting bees and butterflies to your garden. The plant grows up to 2 m tall and 2 m wide, with green-grey leaves that are rough to the touch. It thrives in full sun and well-draining soil, and is drought tolerant once established. Pride of Madeira is an excellent choice for adding color and texture to a Mediterranean or coastal garden, and can also be used as a focal point or backdrop in mixed borders.
PRIDE OF MEDEIRA
Height: 1.5-2 m
Width: 1.5-2 m
Aspect: Prefers full sun to partial shade.
Flowers: Produces large, showy spikes of purple-blue flowers in late spring to early summer
Uses: Echium candicans is often used as a specimen plant or accent in coastal gardens, as it is drought-tolerant and can withstand salt spray. It can also be used as a background plant or informal hedge. The flowers are attractive to bees and other pollinators.