Echium
Echium russicum

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Echium (EK-ee-um) (Info)
Species: russicum (RUSS-ee-kum) (Info)

Category:

Biennials

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Silver/Gray

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Fairfield, California

Chicago, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Helena, Montana

Gresham, Oregon

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jul 11, 2011, toms from sx
United Kingdom wrote:

is this plant bi-annual?

Positive

On Mar 1, 2008, altagardener from Calgary, AB (Zone 3b) wrote:

Hardy in zone 3, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and reportedly in zone 2, Canadian prairies. Well-behaved perennial. Appears to have very long bloom season since colorful calyces remain.

Neutral

On Apr 13, 2003, branka from Hobart, IN (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a neat plant. The flower itself is beautiful. The foilage is prickly and it looks furry. Hummingbirds love it. It is reported to be hardy to zone 6a but I've had it growing in my zone 5a garden, unprotected, for 3 years now. It is a slow spreader. There's not much more to it now than there was when I planted it.