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Echium wildpretii

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(Tower of Jewels) Houston, we are ready for blastoff! Excuse us, but the floriferous Tower of Jewels is so huge that it looks like a model rocket rising up from a columnar launch pad of narrow-leafed, silvery foliage.

Price: $11.50
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
Common name
This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
Tower of Jewels
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
72"/24"/72"
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Well drained
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant? Yes
  • Echium wildpretii
  • Echium wildpretii
  • Echium wildpretii
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(Tower of Jewels) Houston, we are ready for blastoff! Excuse us, but the floriferous Tower of Jewels is so huge that it looks like a model rocket rising up from a columnar launch pad of narrow-leafed, silvery foliage.

In its first year, the plant forms a short, attractive rosette of foliage that shoots upward at maturity in its second spring when this perennial flowers. That's when it sends up long-blooming spikes of dark pink-to-red flowers that can reach 7 feet tall.

Allow the flowers to mature and they help reseed this spectacular plant as well as feed songbirds. While in bloom, they attract honeybees and butterflies, but not deer.

Tower of Jewels thrives with average watering based on local conditions, but tolerates drought. It also handles heat well. Similar to most Salvias, it isn't picky about soils but requires excellent drainage.

The epithet "wildpretii" honors German botanist Hermann Josef Wildpret (1834-1908) who first introduced Echium wildpretii to horticulture in the 19th century. He collected it in the Canary Islands, where it is known as the "Orgullo de Tenerife" or the "Pride of Tenerife." Other common names include Red Bugloss and Wildpret's Bugloss.

Obviously, this is a great accent plant that causes people as well as pollinators to pause. It thrives in USDA Zones with warmer winter temperatures, but some gardeners in colder areas venture growing it in containers.

Detailed image by I, Jörg Hempel. Closeup by Javier martin from es