Echium candicans Pride of MaderiaThis bushy evergreen flowering shrub is a native of the island Madeira as the common name suggests but is popular along the coast of California where it tolerates drought and poor soil as well as wind and salt. The narrow leaves are hairy and grey green. In spring to summer white to deep blue flowers appear in showy dense cylindrical terminal spikes.  Pride of Maderia is a handsome plant and can be an eye-ctaching focal point in a border. They are relatively short-lived but self seed.

Type: Flowering shrub

Outstanding Features: Flower spikes

Form: Rounded rosette of leaves; flowers in spikes

Growth Rate: Rapid

Bloom: Spikes of densely packed white to blue flowers in spring and summer

Size: 5-8′ H x 5-8′ W

Light: Full sun

Soil: Lean, dry

Care: Cut back hard in fall to encourage new growth

Hardiness: Zones 10-11

Pests and Diseases: Susceptible to slugs,white flies, spider mites

Propagation: Seed, semi-ripe root cuttings in midsummer.

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By Karen