Echium fastuosum
'Star of Madeira'

Echium fastuosum 'Star of Madeira'Echium fastuosum 'Star of Madeira'

Absolutely fabulous focality! It’s rare that I fall in love with a variegated plant (sorry, guys – I instinctively want to mother them back to full “healthy” greenness) but this stunningly variegated form of “Pride of Madeira” is so lush, vigorous & dense of habit – to 4’ tall & 7’ across – even out of bloom, it makes a terrific light-up-the-garden focal shrub. Of course, there are also those big, fat blue spikes held well above the foliage in Spring. Really, who wouldn’t want this dramatic & carefree shrub in their garden? Highly drought tolerant, but I’d give it at least some occasional Summer water & tip prune for ultimate best appearance. Not fussy about soil, but does appreciate good drainage, so it’s an excellent choice for low water hillsides. Likes a bit of annual compost, too. Attracts bees, hummers & butterflies. Self sows.

Echium fastuosum 'Star of Madeira'Echium fastuosum 'Star of Madeira'

 

Annie

Sun
Low/No Summer Water

Perennial
USDA Zones 9-11

drought tolerantdeer resistant