Echium aculeatum

Echium aculeatum

Lesser white bugloss

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Echium aculeatum
  • Common name: Lesser white bugloss
  • Family: Boraginaceae
  • Plant Type: Shrub, Evergreen
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Silver

Echium aculeatum, commonly known as lesser white bugloss, is one of the many beautiful and unique species endemic to the Canary Islands. It’s a low-growing, bushy shrub with dome-shaped inflorescences of white flowers, set against narrow, silvery leaves.

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Although very rarely seen in cultivation, it’s a stunning, quite architectural plant if you can find it. For best results grow Echium aculeatum in full sun in well-drained soil. It’s sensitive to frosts, so in the UK is best grown in a container that can be moved indoors over winter.

How to grow Echium aculeatum

  • Plant size

    1.5m height

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / chalky / alkaline

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does not flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Echium aculeatum and wildlife

Echium aculeatum is known for attracting bees, butterflies​/​moths and other pollinators. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Echium aculeatum poisonous?

Echium aculeatum has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Echium aculeatum