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PlantFiles: Echium, Tajinaste
Echium gentianoides

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Echium (EK-ee-um) (Info)
Species: gentianoides (jen-shee-uh-NOY-deez) (Info)

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Domehomedee On Oct 28, 2014, Domehomedee from Arroyo Grande, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've had this plant in ground for over a year now and it has grown from a small plant in a 4" pot to a 2' x 2' plant. It bloomed beautifully this summer and I have collected some seeds and will try to propagate them next spring. The seeds were somewhat difficult to collect, as with all Echiums, the pods are small, sharp, and pokey. I'm hoping to get some volunteers next year.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Arroyo Grande, California
Bodega Bay, California
Calistoga, California
Davis, California
Fairfield, California
Long Beach, California
Richmond, California
San Jose, California

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