Echium
Echium 'Mr. Happy'

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

Category:

Biennials

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pink

Rose/Mauve

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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 hell 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. Hes D... read more