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PlantFiles: Echium
Echium russicum

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

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

7 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer


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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

is this plant bi-annual?

Positive altagardener 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 branka 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.


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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