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PlantFiles: Echium
Echium 'Mr. Happy'

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

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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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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Ellens_Garden On Oct 6, 2014, Ellens_Garden from Aptos, CA wrote:

This plant will fill any open space you may have on your property. It is fast-growing, drought tolerant, full sun, deer resistant, and attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. When in bloom, it is very showy; when not in bloom, the brown heads should be chopped off. The one thing I can say to watch out for is that it tends to spread very easily and, unless you stay on top of it, the seedlings will grow where ever they land.

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:

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

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