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Echium wildpretii, Tower of Jewels

Echium wildpretii

Tower of Jewels
Family: Boraginaceae
Origin: Tenerife
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunModerate waterRed/crimson/vinous flowersIrritatingAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Echium wildpretii is a biennial producing a dense rosette of leaves during the first year and in the second year produces an erect inflorescence between 1 and 3 m tall.

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction. When it dies, the miniature spines on the dead flower stalk fill the air like glass dust and are incredibly irritating.


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Echium wildpretii, Tower of Jewels
Echium wildpretii, Tower of Jewels
Echium wildpretii, Tower of Jewels
Echium wildpretii, Tower of Jewels


Link to this plant:
https://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/echium_wildpretii.htm