Echium russicum

Echium russicum

Echium russicum - Echium russicum

Common Name: Echium russicum
Genus: Echium
Species: russicum

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.90 m (90 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained

Forming a rosette of hairy leaves (which can be added to your pims instead of mint) this stunning perennial produces showy flowerspikes that are densely packed with rich red flowers throughout the summer. Found growing on stony hillsides and grassy banks in Russia this is a sun-loving perennial which like the foxglove is often thought of as a biennial. It will however self-seed freely in the right conditions ensuring a continuous supply of new seedlings. The flowers are long-lasting and will attract all sorts of pollinating insects but are particularly attractive to bees.

  • Garden care: Ensure the soil around the plants is not too wet in winter and protect the crowns with a generous layer of mulch. These spectacular plants will often die after they have finished flowering although some may carry on to become short-lived perennials. In the right setting they will self seed freely.