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Products > Echium amoenum
Echium amoenum - Red Feathers

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Boraginaceae (Borages)
Origin: Caucasus (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Height: 1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Echium amoenum (Red Feathers) - A perennial that forms a compact clump to 4 inches tall by 6 to 8 inches wide with medium green hairy lance-shaped leaves and flower spikes rising erect to 10 to 14 inches tall bearing rusty-red flowers in a spire-like spike in spring and on into late summer to fall if spring bloom is deadheaded. Plant is sometime considered a biennial or short lived perennial but will often reseed so some flowers should be allowed to mature into seed heads. Plant in full sun. Little irrigation required but tolerats more regular water in most soils. This is a hardy plant that is recommended for USDA zones from 3-9. This plant is native to the narrow zone of northern Iran and the Caucasus Mountains, which forms the border between Asia and Europe. In its native lands the plant is used for medicinal purposes and is called Gol Gavzaban which translate to cow-tongue flower for the hairy surface of the leaves. The specific epithet 'amoenum' is from the Latin word 'amoenus' which means "pleasant", "delightful", " lovely", "agreeable" or "charming". 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. This plant is a 2010 introduction from Plant Select, a collaboration of Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens that seeks out the best plants for western gardens. Our plants from Center Greenhouses, a partner in the program. Image courtesy of Plant Select.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Echium amoenum.