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Echium 'Blue Bedder'
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Echium 'Blue Bedder'

Echium plantagineum
Bee lovers must have this nectar-rich wonder! Bumblebees visit the flowers all day long—a constant buzzing party! Quick to bloom, the cerulean blue cup-shaped flowers continue flowering if deadheaded. A Mediterranean native that appreciates fertile, well-drained soil. Beware of its raspy leaves as they may irritate skin and are poisonous to livestock. Sorry, cannot ship to WY or Canada.
SKU #S1207
Caution: Poisonous. The purchaser assumes all liability related to the use of this product.
$3.25
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
125
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Hardy Annual
Mature Size
1.5' h x 1.5' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Rich, well-drained
Season
Summer to fall
Color
Bright blue
Features
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Bees
Notable
RHS Award of Garden Merit Winner
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
1/16-1/4"
Sprout Time:
7-21 days
Seed To Bloom:
10 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 60-70°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow in early spring in cooler climates, or fall in warmer winter areas, zones 8-10.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Echium 'Blue Bedder' adds that most rare of flower colors, blue, to informal cottage, herb, and pollinator gardens, and grows well in the freely-draining soil of dry meadow gardens. Deadhead regularly, but allow a few flowers to go to seed for new plants the following year. The leaves are bristly and can irritate skin. Caution: wear gloves when handling.
Final Spacing:
1-1.5'
Water Requirements:
Low Water Use
Watering Details:
Water regularly while establishing, then only during especially dry, hot spells.
Soil pH:
Not particular about soil pH.
Fertilizer:
Mix in about 2-4" of compost prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
No major problems.