For Roda’s Critter Connection Challenge.
Whilst sorting photos I found this taken last summer of a bumblebee on Echium wildpretii. I figured it was nice to post a memory of a warm sunny day.
These tall Echiums from the Canary Islands are on the edge of being growable here. They will not tolerate much frost but they also hate too much wet. The larger Echium pininana is frequently seen in coastal gardens in the western UK where frosts are rare. This Echium wildpretii is smaller than E. pininana (around 6 feet – E. pininana can be double this) and reputedly more tender. It only survived even a very mild winter because we covered it carefully in the autumn.
Both species are fantastic plants for attracting bees to the garden!
Sadly these plants die after flowering but seed can be saved to start again.