No wonder this is also called Tower of Jewels or 'Pride of Tenerife'!
Echium pininana is undeniably an eye stopper, a magnificent inflorescence with dense panicles of blue flowers borne above branches of dusty linear leaves. When in bloom, it is a magnet for hummingbirds, bees and butterflies. The rosettes of large leaves are attractive even as a 'not yet' flowering plant and the flower spikes can reach over 12ft when grown in mild areas so it is worth waiting for. On a sunny day, as you approach the spire you can hear the hum of hundreds of bees feasting on the flowers.
Certainly the most sought-after of all Echium species that will bring crowds flocking to see it. Stunning!
It requires a partially shaded spot and always moist, slightly peaty, yet well drained soil. Biennial/Perennial zone 8+.
Other Names: Viper Bugloss, Echium pininana, Blue Steeple, Tree Echium, Pine Echium Giant Viper's Bugloss, Tower of Jewels, Echium pinnifolium, Tajinaste, Taginaste