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PlantFiles: Echium
Echium 'Mr. Happy'

Family: Boraginaceae
Genus: Echium (EK-ee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Mr. Happy

One vendor has this plant for sale.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

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


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive begoniacrazii On Apr 29, 2008, begoniacrazii from Northern California, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

First year and it's already about 13 feet tall with multiple spikes.
Planted from a 4" pot from Annie's Annuals.

(per the Annie's Annuals web site)

"So EASY & INCREDIBLY long blooming, this incredibly rare hybrid of Echium wildprettii & E. pininana grows into an impressive tower 15’ tall & 20” across with a bulbous base easily 3’ across above a stunning group of large, velvety looking silver-green rosettes. “Mr.Happy” thrilled us with an overall mass of pink bloom & long, sparkling stamens from MAY to SEPTEMBER! WOW! In summer he spawned new & gorgeous rosettes, so we know he’ll bloom again next year, too – unlike Echium wildprettii “Tower of Jewels”, which dies after blooming. Just give this fascinating focal point full sun & well drained soil. He’s DROUGHT TOLERANT, DEER PROOF, & SNAIL PROOF too! Sure to inspire lots of admiration & chuckles. Heehee! We think that every front yard needs one – don’t you??"


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

Calistoga, California
Fairfield, California
Pittsburg, California
Richmond, California
Brookings, Oregon

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