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Growing Echium

Growing Echium

Red Feathers Echium


Adaptable, hardy, drought-tolerant perennials with attractive, feathery flower spikes. Hardy in zones 3 to 9. An excellent plant for difficult sites. Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Good in beds, containers, and rock gardens. New Red Feathers Echium (11650) is a Plant Select winner. May reseed in the garden, but not aggressively.


For full sun to part shade. Easy-to-grow, low-maintenance plants that tolerant most conditions, including heavy clay and dry, sandy soils. Deadheading prolongs flowering. Plants are deer resistant and drought-tolerant. May be somewhat short-lived, but usually persists by reseeding.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use low rates of Algoflash Flowering Plant 4-6-7 Liquid Fertilizer (51087), Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221), or Osmocote 14-14-14 (51173).

Alternative Products

Other drought-tolerant perennials include Butterfly Plant, Delosperma, and Sedum.

Complimentary Products

Plants are light feeders and benefit from occasional fertilization. Perennials that attract hummingbirds include Cardinal Lobelia (13092) and new Red Bells Heuchera (12328).

Echium Facts

Free from pest and disease problems. Native to the Iranian Caucasus Mountains. 


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