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Tower of Jewels
Boraginaceae
Echium wildpretii


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Type Categories Useful Parts

Herb

Boraginaceae Family

Echium Genus
Other Names for this Plant

red bugloss, Tenerife bugloss or Mount Teide bugloss


Location

The species is endemic to the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands, is found mainly in Las Cañadas del Teide

Physical Description
It is a biennial, producing a dense rosette of leaves during the first year and an erect inflorescence between 1 and 3 m tall in the second year. It has narrow silver-gray leaves that spread to about 2 feet wide. Upon maturity in the second spring it sends up a single 5 to 7 foot tall spike bearing the same attractive narrow foliage and by late spring this is topped by hundreds of dark pink to almost red flowers in a dense terminal spike. The flowers are attractive to bees and birds


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Main, Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
Eudicots
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Real, Two First-Leaves (Dicots)
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Half Capsule Seed Division
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Magnoliophyta
Magnolia Division
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Multiple Spore Sub-Kingdom
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Embryophytes
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Multicellular Plants
Plantae
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Eukaryota
Eukaryota
Cells with a Nucleus


General Information

Cultivation: does best in well-draining arid, neutral sandy soil in a sunny location. Red bugloss is hardy to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 degrees C). It self-sows freely so deadhead spent flowers if you do not wish to have any volunteer plants next season. This is a fast growing tall plant so provide stake for support. Tenerife bugloss is low maintenance; deer would not go near it. It is monocarpic and will produces many seeds before it dies. USDA Hardiness Zones : 9-11

Propagation: From Seeds (Sow directly onto ground in Fall)

Other Notes: Tower of Jewels is popularly cultivated by many beekeepers for its high pollen and rich nectar contents

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Warning All parts of the plant contain Pyrrolizidine alkaloids, which cause Plant can cause skin irritation allergic reaction - wear gloves when handling. Digestive upset and liver damage



Tower of Jewels




Tower of Jewels


Comment: Tower of Jewels, Echium wildpretii

Page Posts: 2

Thunder
Thunder
July 10, 2010
I just wish I could have visited when it was in bloom...it seems to be spectacular in bloom!

gardengeek
gardengeek
July 10, 2010
Never saw that one before! how interesting!

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