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Harry and Echium

Harry and Echium (Echium)

This is me using my lad as a measuring stick, (I told him dipstick) he is 4ft 11". The Echium should hopefully if he makes it through the winter be over 12ft.

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Is it a blue pininana Trees&t? I put a white one in 2 years ago which I thought would flower this year but occasionally they turn out to be TRI-enniels, so I've got to nurse it through another winter. I just bought some pink and blue seeds on eBay but unfortunately it came all mixed together so, if it germinates I will have to bed out loads to be sure of getting a pink one, which is what Boss lady wants.

Tell Harry not to get too close to it. It is closely related to the triffid.

4 Oct, 2008


Nice way to show the size and both are real cuties.....

4 Oct, 2008


I believe it is a blue echium, not sure which variety. This is his second year next year will be his third (flower time). I have 6 in total that have survived the last two years, this one being the tallest. if it turns out pink or white then i will still be happy. Prickly though, so mind your fingers.

4 Oct, 2008


hi harry

4 Oct, 2008


'Prickly though, so mind your fingers.'

Sorry. I tend to put things obscurely.

'It is closely related to the triffid.'

P.S. Don't get puyas with children. I speak as someone with both grand-kids and puyas.

4 Oct, 2008


What is PUYAS, Sarraceniac? Nice looking lad, your Harry. Plants look great, too.

4 Oct, 2008


puyas. Sarraceniac. is this because they look like they have leaves a bit like a Yucca, very sharp?

4 Oct, 2008


If you Google puya you will see that they are south american and the spines are very VERY evil. They point inwards towards the plant so if one 'grabs' you the temptation is to push the grabbed part into the plant to unhook. Then more grab you.

I treat mine with great respect and will post some piccies probably next year when they come out of the The flowers are amazing. Like wax.

5 Oct, 2008


Make sure you have enough room for them, they get huge, plus they self seed everywhere, they grow like weeds where I live on the I of W. The pink ones Sarrceniac are 'Wildpretti' and the blue ones which are smaller are called 'Candicans' or Fatsuom all related to our native Buglass. The leaves aren't spikey as much as they have rough irritant hairy surfaces which stick in you like little splinters.......itchy!!!

2 Dec, 2008


I take it you mean Echiums Andrea, not Puyas. Lol.

2 Dec, 2008


Of course that is what the blog is about isn't it?

2 Dec, 2008

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