Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans)

Echium candicans

Pride of madeira

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

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does 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 candicans
  • Common name: Pride of madeira
  • Family: Boraginaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial
Flower colour:

Blue

Foliage colour:

Green

A popular sight in Cornwall, pride of Madeira, Echium candicans, is perfect for adding a touch of drama to both exotic and cottage garden settings, as well as a large greenhouse or conservatory. Like all echiums, its flowers are adored by bees and other pollinators.

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Tall spikes of intense blue blooms are borne on strong branching stems in spring and summer. Despite its origins it’s hardy to -5° and can survive British winters unless grown in wet soil. A short-lived perennial, it’s typically grown as a biennial in the UK. Yet, as in its native Madeira, in milder regions it can grow into a small tree, and can self-seed readily.

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Grow Echium candicans in well-drained soil in a sheltered site in full sun. In cooler regions you may need to protect the roots from frost or move under glass for winter – collect seed after flowering as an insurance against winter losses. Take care when handling as the sap can cause skin irritation and is toxic if eaten.

How to grow Echium candicans

  • Plant size

    2m height

    2m spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Back

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Hardiness: Half hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

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
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do not Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do Sow in June

Do Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not 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 not flower in March

Plant does flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does 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

Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

Do not Collect seeds in February

Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

Do not Collect seeds in June

Do not Collect seeds in July

Do not Collect seeds in August

Do Collect seeds in September

Do Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

Echium candicans and wildlife

Echium candicans 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 candicans poisonous?

Echium candicans can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

Toxic to Horses

Toxic to People

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Livestock

Plants that go well with Echium candicans