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Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans
Pride of Madeira Echium candicans

'Pride of Madeira' Echium candicans

'Pride of Madeira' Echium candicans  - Rating
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  • A truly dramatic garden plant, it produces the most spectacular indigo-coloured flower spikes seemingly from nowhere in summer.
  • Despite its common name of 'Pride of Madeira', it is hardy in the UK down to -5C.
  • It self-seeds in a small area, and once these seedlings have germinated and over-wintered they too may flower away and produce a little colony.
  • Truly spectacular biennial shrub and one of the plants most favoured by bees that you can grow.
  • Supplied as an over-wintered plant in a 2L pot, between 30-50cm tall, ready to flower in its first summer.
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Product Description

A truly dramatic garden plant, a close relative of borage, it produces the most spectacular tall flower spikes seemingly from nowhere in summer.

Despite its common name of 'Pride of Madeira', it is hardy in the UK down to -5C or so, particularly where it is drier in winter. It is biennial, so needs one cold winter after germination to flower - so these plants will flower in their first year and beyond.

Once your echium has established and flowered, it will self-seed prolifically and, unless we have a really harsh winter, you will never have to plant another as you will always have plenty of seedlings!

E. candicans will grow to around 1m (3ft) in its first year, then in its second, it produces its magnificent flower - in milder areas the plants keep growing all year around and, after a frost-free winter, you will see enormous flower spikes. Expect flowering spikes in July or later.

Although plants are hardy when kept dry,  leaves can still be damaged by frost and cold winds, and the cold will kill plants that are in wet ground, so protect plants over winter with fleece or similar product.

A common sight in Cornwall as well, Echiums are best grown in very well drained soils, or in large pots with plenty of sand or grit for drainage. When it does grow in spring, keep it well watered between May and August as it grows quickly.

Echiums self-seed over a small area, and once these seedlings have germinated and over-wintered, they too may flower away, and a little colony will appear. Truly spectacular and one of the best plants that you can grow to attract pollinating insects into your garden.

What Is Supplied

Item 680023 supplied as:
Supplied as an over-wintered plant in a 2L pot, between 30-50cm tall, ready to flower in this first summer.
Item 680195 supplied as:
Supplied as an over-wintered plant in a 5L pot, ready to flower in this first summer.

Plant Information

Top Tips

  • After flowering, the stalk will quickly brown and die off but don't be in a hurry to cut it down until the autumn to allow the seeds to disperse.
  • If your plants are shy to bloom, try a high potash feed, and if in pots, move to a larger pot. Also keep well-watered through the summer of their first year to promote flowers in the second year.

Care Guide

  • Grow pride of Madeira in full sun in soil that is poor to moderately fertile and well-drained - highly fertile soil may reduce flowering.
  • Established plants are tolerant of drought, wind and salt so make ideal coastal plants - although in times of drought, they do appreciate extra water.
  • Protect from hard frosts, especially in spring when the flower spikes are beginning to develop.
  • Hardy to -5C when kept dry, you will still need to provide winter protection to avoid frost damage to leaves.
  • Tall flower spikes may need additional support.
  • Touching the foliage may cause a skin irritation, so wear gloves when pruning or handling.
Planting / Flowering Calendar
Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Fully Grown Plant dimensions (approx)
Plant Dimensions
150cm
150cm

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Could only give the maximum of 5 stars.
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Looks great. Settled in very well. Cannot wait now for flowers,
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Excellent service. Items arrived promptly and in good condition.
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The plant looks good. I can't wait for it to flower.
Review Submitted: 16/08/2019 - 11:01:39
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Beautiful plants in excellent condition.Superb service as usual from Garden Bargains.
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Superb plants in first class condition which were very well packaged.They are now in the ground and I can?t wait to see how they turn out next summer.
Review Submitted: 14/08/2019 - 13:51:39
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Excellent service, great garden centre to deal with, packing was excellent so was the plant, highly recommended, many thanks.
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Plant was in brilliant condition on arrival, strong and very healthy, well worth the money. Have no trouble using again.??
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I HAVE DEALT WITH YOU FOR QUITE A SPELL NOW AND ALWAYS FOUND YOU VERY GOOD AT YOUR INFO AND ALWAYS VERY ACCOMADATING.THANK YOU
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VERY GOOD FIRM PLANTS ALWAYS VERY GOOD
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Damaged plant arrived, I immediately reported it via website and the plant has been replaced with another! Cannot have better service than that!!
Thank you garden bargains..Now you are my first contact for plants as the garden is restocked!
My trailing sweet peas...an earlier purchase, are fantastic..growing and flourishing.Another thank you.
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Growing well now in garden
Review Submitted: 12/05/2019 - 12:34:01
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Plants are a good size but are wilted & minor leaf damage
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Plants were very thirsty & wilted . 2 side stems had snapped in transit
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Garden Service delivered within the date predicted by them . The plants I bought were very good and well priced , and though there was a slight hitch they quickly rectified this at no cost at all to myself , and told me to keep the original plant that had a damaged stem caused in transportation. I am very pleased with the communication and after service.
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The plants are good value and their after service faultless.
Review Submitted: 27/04/2019 - 09:44:06
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plants delivered when expected but badly packaged, box was only wide enough for 1 plant pot with the second being dropped in on top of the other badly damaging the first, it will survive but should have been handled better
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undamaged plant is large and well grown
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Very well wrapped plants in good condition
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Very good size plants in good condition
Review Submitted: 23/04/2019 - 11:38:37
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Plants arrived as promised, well packed and in perfect condition
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Products well packaged and plants always in good condition.
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Very strong plant with good leaves and robust stems and symmetric structure.
Review Submitted: 23/04/2019 - 13:55:33
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Following a failed specimen shrub, this was replaced with no problem although the postage seems a bit more than usual. My first e mail which I sent was not received and it contained a photo but when I phoned it was dealt with swiftly and courteously. The replacement arrived in good order.
Overall pleased with service.
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Unusual plant not seen before and will be good for my bees.
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I enjoy shopping with GardenBargains as there plants always are in good condition.
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Look a lovely plant.
Review Submitted: 24/07/2018 - 10:23:56
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Not happy that delivery was made on a Sunday !!!
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Waiting for them to bloom
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Goods received in good condition. Healthy plants just had to transfer to garden.
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As describe
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As describe
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Usually good but this was a disaster
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Plant in poor condition on arrival. May not survive. When the package was opened on arrival the plant has many brown leaves and some yellow,
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I'm sorry to hear this - please forward some photographs to CS@yougarden.com and we'll be happy to take a look.

Chris
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Review Submitted: 16/07/2018 - 13:01:40
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thanks
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goog strong plants
Review Submitted: 12/07/2018 - 10:17:37
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Very service.
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Revived the plants in a very poor conditions. Almost dead.
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I'm sorry to hear that your echiums are struggling - please forward photos to CS@yougarden.com so we can address this for you.

Chris
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Review Submitted: 11/07/2018 - 09:29:19
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Good service and products, P&P a bit high imo.
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Packaged well, plants in good condition
Review Submitted: 10/07/2018 - 08:59:56
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Easy ordering, good range, delivery when stated, at the appropriate time. Excellent Service!
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Plant arrived well packaged and in really good condition. Seems to be growing well!
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Ordered seed potatoes and grow bags, plus a plant. Delivery took weeks and no mention of an apology or reasons to why these took so long. The service I got was not good, they charged me twice for non arrival of 2 packs of seed potatoes and resent the same plant but charged me and the quality was worse than the first. I am not impressed at all. I have had no reply to my email regarding this!
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Terrible condition, foliage was limp and the plant looked dead! It did not survive.
Review Submitted: 11/06/2018 - 10:21:04
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very good, just wish I had the money to buy more.
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hopefully I will not loose this one to the frosts.
Review Submitted: 06/06/2018 - 08:35:41
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Had to contact the company to enquire about delivery.
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The plants arrived, without any packing, in a cardboard box marked 'this way up, but plants were laying down! A lot of the leaves were dead and one plant was broken.
Review Submitted: 05/06/2018 - 12:20:06
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excellent plants and great service
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very healthy plant
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Great lady on the phone putting my order through
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Great fast service,
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Very good company to buy plants shrubs and bulds from
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Good strong plants
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Very pleased packed well and good stock would shop with you again.
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Comeing alone lovely
Review Submitted: 04/06/2018 - 05:47:28
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easy quick delivery
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love it
Review Submitted: 04/06/2018 - 07:21:37
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Plants arrived on time
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Plants look healthy
Review Submitted: 04/06/2018 - 14:34:13
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All good
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Plant was a little smaller than expected but looks healthy
Review Submitted: 29/08/2017 - 06:31:15
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Overall good - I had to call to chase an order and but it was sorted quickly.
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Good - eventually - the first order I received were in a terrible condition and I called customer services who got a replacement order out to me quickly in great condition.
Review Submitted: 14/08/2017 - 05:57:52
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Poor communication. Unsuitable packaging for plants.
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Arrived badly packaged (well in a box with no packing) and late. The plants were scorched on the yellowing leaves, badly damaged from transit and died rapidly.
GardenBargains Comments
Good Afternoon,

Firstly, thank you for your recent order with us. I am ever so sorry to hear that you are not satisfied with the order. Are you able to provide us with some images of what you have received please? I shall ensure we look into this for you

Katy Rogers
Customer Service Assistant
Review Submitted: 20/07/2017 - 09:44:10
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Quickly delivered. Well packaged
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very good condition of plant. Much bigger than I was expecting. Have since used this company for other plants.
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Good value for money .
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a good return thankyou
Review Submitted: 03/04/2017 - 07:46:44
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