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PlantFiles: Blueweed
Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder'

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Echium (EK-ee-um) (Info)
Species: vulgare (vul-GAIR-ee) (Info)
Cultivar: Blue Bedder


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)
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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Medium Blue

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


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive sheltiesrule On Apr 23, 2011, sheltiesrule from Berkeley, CA wrote:

I LOVE this gorgeous bee magnet which I bought at Annie's Annuals. It grows very quickly, thrives on very little water, stays compact (12 x 12 in.), and is a lovely deep blue. It often self-seeds. I have it planted in the sun, right near my vegetable garden. It is also deer resistant---important in our area. My neighbor planted 3 in a sunny spot and had flowers until November.

Positive plantaholic186 On Jun 22, 2008, plantaholic186 from Winnetka, IL wrote:

Great plant that self-seeds, but not invasively. I've found that Echiums need average watering during the summer, despite what many sources say.

The only bad thing is that I have a renegade rabbit trapped in my fenced garden, and he actually likes to eat it! I assumed that the texture would deter rabbits, but apparently not.


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

Fairfield, California
Menifee, California
Winnetka, Illinois

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