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Products > Echium candicans 'San Bruno Pink'
Echium candicans 'San Bruno Pink' - Pink Pride of Madeira
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Boraginaceae (Borages)
Origin: Madeira Islands (Atlantic Ocean)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Echium fastuosum]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Echium candicans 'San Bruno Pink' (Pink Pride of Madeira) - A densely growing large evergreen shrub that can reach to 6 to 8 feet tall by as wide or wider with long and narrow gray-green leaves that are held at the ends of the branches The showy long pyramidal stalks of pink flowers bloom in the spring and into the summer.

Plant in full to part day sun where it is drought tolerant and hardy to short duration temperatures to about 25 degrees F. Inland plantings will require irrigation and protection from heat and cold. This showy plant occupies a large space, so give it some room and is particularly useful in seaside gardens. Pride of Madeira often reseeds itself and as the species is generally short lived (5-6 years), allow seedlings to replace older, woodier plants and prune after flowering. A great plant on a slope or in an area with room to spread out.

This collection made by San Marcos Growers General Manager Randy Baldwin from a roadside plant on San Bruno Mountain near San Francisco. Customers have noted that this particular Echium selection seems particularly attractive to bees.

As the common name Pride of Madeira implies, this species comes from and is endemic to the island of Madeira, where it grows on rocky cliffs and terraces between 2,500 and 4,600 feet in the Central Mountain Massif. The genus name is from an ancient Greek word for the plant. It is derived from 'echion' with the root word 'echis' meaning "viper" but the reason for this has several interpretations. Included among these are the shape of the seed resembling that of a viper's head and from the age-old belief that Echium vulgare, a plant called Viper's Bugloss, was a remedy for the adder's bite. For more information on the species see our listing for called Echium candicans

This information about Echium candicans 'San Bruno Pink' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.