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botanical name:
Echium pininana
Echium pininana © Deeproot Plant Base
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synonyms:  Echium pininifolium
family:  Boraginaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 4.00m
width: 0.90m
growth rate: fast
growth habit:
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: blue
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: moist soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -2°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Biennial or occasionally short-lived perennial, forming a basal rosette of large, lance-shaped, roughly hairy, dark green leaves and in the second year produces a dramatic, tall spike of funnel-shaped blue flowers with large bracts.

More or less half-hardy but will usually survive short periods just below freezing, especially if grown on fairly poor well drained soil and a sheltered position.

From seed. Often self seeds in suitable conditions.

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