Pride of Madeira Echium candicans Pride of Madeira Echium candicans Pride of Madeira Echium candicans Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans

'Pride of Madeira' Echium candicans

'Pride of Madeira' Echium candicans  - Rating
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Winter Hardy
Easy To Grow
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  • A truly dramatic garden plant, it produces the most spectacular indigo coloured flower spikes seemingly from nowhere in summer.
  • Despite it's common name of 'Pride of Madeira', it is hardy in the UK down to -5C.
  • It self-seeds in a small area, and once these seedlings have germinated and over-wintered they too may flower away and produce a little colony.
  • Truly spectacular biennial shrub and one of the most favoured plants by bees you can grow.
  • Supplied as an over-wintered plant in a 8L pot, between 30-50cm tall, ready to flower in this first summer.
8L Pot - Item: 680153
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Product Description

A truly dramatic garden plant, a close relative of borage, it produces the most spectacular tall flower spikes seemingly from nowhere in summer.

Despite its common name of 'Pride of Madeira', it is hardy in the UK down to -5C or so, particularly where it is drier in winter. It is biennial, so needs one cold winter after germination to flower - so these plants will flower in their first year and beyond.

Once your echium has established and flowered, it will self-seed prolifically and, unless we have a really harsh winter, you will never have to plant another as you will always have plenty of seedlings!

E. candicans will grow to around 1m (3ft) in its first year, then in its second, it produces its magnificent flower - in milder areas the plants keep growing all year around and, after a frost-free winter, you will see enormous flower spikes.

Expect flowering spikes in July or later.

Plants are not frost hardy, and the leaves are easily blackened by cold winds so protect seedlings and one-year old plants if frost threatens.

A common sight in Cornwall as well, Echiums are best grown in very well drained soils, or in large pots with plenty of sand or grit for drainage. When it does grow in spring, keep it well watered between May and August as it grows quickly.

Echiums self-seed over a small area, and once these seedlings have germinated and over-wintered, they too may flower away, and a little colony will appear. Truly spectacular and one of the best plants that you can grow to attract pollinating insects into your garden.

What Is Supplied

Item 680153 supplied as:
Supplied as an over-wintered plant in a 8L pot, between 30-50cm tall, ready to flower in this first summer. Very big, well branched plants

Plant Information

Top Tips

After flowering, the stalk will quickly brown and die off but don't be in a hurry to cut it down until the autumn to allow the seeds to disperse.

Care Guide

  • Grow pride of Madeira in full sun in soil that is poor to moderately fertile and well-drained - highly fertile soil may reduce flowering.
  • Established plants are tolerant of drought, wind and salt so make ideal coastal plants - although in times of drought, they do appreciate extra water.
  • Protect from hard frosts, especially in spring when the flower spikes are beginning to develop.
  • Tall flower spikes may need additional support.
  • Touching the foliage may cause a skin irritation, so wear gloves when pruning or handling.
Planting / Flowering Calendar
Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
150cm
150cm

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Good strong plant.
Review Submitted: 28/05/2018 - 06:57:40
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Had to delay delivery due to holidays, this they did without question and the plants duly arrived when promised.
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Plantts of a good size and quality - better than expected
Review Submitted: 25/05/2018 - 09:15:49
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Always good service and on time
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Looks good but will wait to see how it grows
Review Submitted: 22/05/2018 - 17:10:13
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good communication.
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A bit lop sided but still healthy.
Review Submitted: 18/05/2018 - 20:03:55
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Pride of Madeira arrived bent over into box & has still not recovered of grown straight nearly two weeks later.
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Still bent over as it arrived in too small a box
Review Submitted: 15/05/2018 - 14:49:06
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interesting plants and kept me informed about delivery
Review Submitted: 13/05/2018 - 23:15:40
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Have experienced no problems
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Plant just arrived, looks OK but will be planting into garden shortly
Review Submitted: 07/05/2018 - 18:47:57
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Disappointed
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Nice plants I imagine, but badly packed so arrived very squashed
Review Submitted: 06/05/2018 - 08:20:29
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Always a prompt and efficient service. Good quality products too.
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Well established, good sized plant. Should make a great show.
Review Submitted: 06/05/2018 - 00:34:05
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Tracking service needs work
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Plants are excellent healthy on arrival and good quality
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 00:02:35
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First class service as usual.
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Excellent plant of good size in its 8ltr container. look forward to watching it grow.
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 12:18:34
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Excellent service, always good quality plants that are packed well so arrive safely.
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 06:24:30
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Excellent service lovely healthy plants
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Have had many comments on the wonderful foliage
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 07:02:50
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Great plants. Well packed.
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This is huge. Much better than I expected
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 07:35:42
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easy to navigate website. plants arrived well packaged and healthy
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not what I expected, nevertheless i'm sure that it will grow to resemble the picture in the catalogue.
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 08:37:18
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The time from placing and purchasing my order to dispatch and receipt took far longer than previous purchases and it was left to me to contact yougarden to inquiry whether there was a problem with my order.
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The packaging of the shrub could have been bigger as some of the branches were bent back to get it into the delivery package, but in saying that the shrub has recovered well and all branches are back to normal
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 09:17:41
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no problems
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strong healthy
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 06:55:23
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Very satisfactory service
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Very strong and healthy plants
Review Submitted: 04/05/2018 - 23:08:29
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Have bought many plants from yougarden.

Always a quick delivery, plants packaged well and in very good condition
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Arrived in excellent condition
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 08:25:55
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The service was quick and easy
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My order arrived on time and in good condition the plant was very healthy and well rooted i have planted it now we have to wait and see how it grows
Review Submitted: 05/05/2018 - 17:30:09
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Absolutely no complaints. All the plants arrived in good condition and in good time.
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Looks a lovely healthy plant.
Review Submitted: 03/05/2018 - 02:49:58
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Some of my plants arrived dead
Review Submitted: 27/04/2018 - 12:20:00
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Delivered promptly
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Now planted. Waiting to see how it does.
Review Submitted: 24/04/2018 - 14:52:29
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Easy to use web site and kept up to date all way from order to delivery
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Plant arrived rather quickly and able to track. Well packaged and the plant itself was in tip top condition. Looking forward to seeing it in bloom later this year.
Review Submitted: 23/04/2018 - 00:25:34
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I bought an expensive plant which arrived badly damaged and told by company it will recover a third of it was broken off. Not what I paid for .
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Plant arrived badly damaged with a third of it broken off so very disappointed
Review Submitted: 23/04/2018 - 08:28:48
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Good packaging.
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This is a big plant and was delivered well packaged. It had a bit of damage to a few leaf ends, I suspect either through frost. However it has planted well and looks to be growing. I was attracted by the pictures of the flowers and hope that it will survive and set seed. It is a bit of a gamble in Suffolk.
Review Submitted: 23/04/2018 - 05:28:40
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We were very pleased with the plant we were told we would get a free bag of fertiliser but that never materialised
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This looks a lovely healthy plant and we are pleased with it
Review Submitted: 23/04/2018 - 09:02:20
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Plant arrived within the time limit set but the packaging was NOT good. The package had been squashed under other parcels. Stronger packaging is needed or more care taken by courier.
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Plant looks good and is " recovering " after its journey. Hope it flowers as expected.
Review Submitted: 23/04/2018 - 06:41:40
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The service was excellent and speedy. Our only criticism was the mode of delivery. It was left on the front doorstop, the bell was not rung. Fortunately we were in the house and saw the delivery man disappearing but we might have been out
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Arrived in excellent condition, is now planted in chosen spot but too early of course to say whether it lives up to the description when flowering
Review Submitted: 23/04/2018 - 08:34:35
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Service. Very. Good. Plants. Arrive. In. Good. Condition. But. I think. The. Delivery. Charges. Are. Very. Costley
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Arrived. In. Good. Condition. Ask. Me. Again. When. The. The. Plant. Has. Flowered. At. The. Moment. Just. Leaves
Review Submitted: 23/04/2018 - 07:17:42
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good plants and service
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good size plant hope it does well
Review Submitted: 23/04/2018 - 08:35:38
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Item arrived in good order and the plant has been planted according to advice. Thank you. Also, helpful assistant when ordering
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The plant looks healthy and hoping it actually will survive the British weather!
Review Submitted: 20/04/2018 - 06:53:23
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so far I am very impressed with this company
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nice healthy plants
Review Submitted: 17/04/2018 - 07:54:24
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Good transaction - did what they said in timely fashio
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Plant seemed in good condition, had been living in the pot for some time, not dug up out of a field and dropped in for sale.
Seems to be growing well 1 week on
Review Submitted: 15/04/2018 - 14:40:35
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very good
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very good strong plant
Review Submitted: 15/04/2018 - 13:59:39
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'Pride of Madeira' Echium candicans
'Pride of Madeira' Echium candicans
8L Pot
Item: 680153
Only £29.99
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