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Shrub ID

Posted by tomat0 10a (My Page) on
Tue, May 1, 12 at 21:46

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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RE: Shrub ID

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.

RE: Shrub ID

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.

RE: Shrub ID

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Wed, May 2, 12 at 18:44

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

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