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Echium pininana

This tall, dramatic plant blooms purplish blue in spring.
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Plant name:Echium pininana

Echium pininana

Suggested by: Mike Burgess of Secret Seeds

Virtues: Dramatic, tall, exotic plant. Much loved by bees and butterflies. Where space is limited, this plant just grows straight up.

Flower: Huge spires of blue flowers.

Foliage: Large bristly rosette of long exotic-looking leaves.

Trunk sometimes dips and goes back up again, to around 3 or 4 yards tall.

Season: Spring.

Companions: Mediterranean-style plants.