Shrub ID

tomat0(10a)May 1, 2012

A friend asked me what this was and I could not figure it for the life of me. Sage, lupine... so close yet so far!

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Looks like an Echium. Maybe E fastuosum. Not a shrub but a biennial which sometimes persists for several seasons and will self sow when it is happy.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 4:18AM
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Sara Malone Zone 9b

It is definitely an Echium and candicans (syn: fastuosum) is a good guess. tomat0 in your zone 10a they likely are perennial although they are very frost sensitive so if you do get a freeze they will go. Here they self-sow readily and although I lost mine (and I was not sorry to see them go for an assortment of reasons, most related to their non-durability) in a hard freeze some years ago, the seedlings persist to this day. They are striking plants.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 6:28PM
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bboy(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

Little is known about the biology or invasiveness of pride-of- Madeira, but it appears to spread slowly into established native plant communities

Here is a link that might be useful: Cal-IPC: Echium candicans

    Bookmark   May 2, 2012 at 6:44PM
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