Monster Munch

This is Max’s Echium candicans.  To my knowledge it has eaten one persicaria, one cistus and a salvia and is well on its way to consuming an evergreen azalea.   Come to think of it, I haven’t seen next door’s chihuahua for a while ……..

This Pride of Madeira has grown into a monster in just four years, from a small cutting acquired (legitimately, before you ask) from a friend’s garden just up the road.  It is spectacular and scary in equal measure, and is of course extremely attractive to both human and pollinator.  A humming monument.

18 thoughts on “Monster Munch

  1. Uh, I thought PoM was biennial. But then “candicans” means bright or shining white, depending on which edition of Latin Plant Name Derivations you own. Clearly this fine plant is neither.

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    • Echium pininana is the bi- or even triennial echium. That is Giant Viper’s Bugloss by the RHS but not by me. I call it big tall echium. This is even better in real life. I tried to get Max to pose by it for scale, but he wasn’t having any of it. Too many sticks to find and seagulls to chase.

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  2. Echium wildpretii or something like it naturalized along Highway 1 on the coast of San Mateo county. It gets so tall that old dead stalks can reach onto the highway when they fall over. They look silly but totally cool.

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  3. My neighbour has one of the big tall echiums in his front yard, I may grab some seeds when it flowers/seeds and scatter them at the back of my garden in the hedgerow. Beats the darn hogweed which loves to seed in my borders! I like this multi- stemmed version, guessing it is not as tall?

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  4. I tried to grow an Echium, it was doing so well and then we had the Beast From The East – and it perished.
    Presumably Max’s survived that cold spell.

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