|Self sown Echium pininana in my garden now|
|Closeup of stem of Echium pininana showing flowers just starting to develop|
I have, in fact, had some of these echiums bloom in years past, and the great thing about echiums is that they set copious amounts of seed and I sometimes find seedlings of echiums past in various places in the garden. Sometimes these seedlings appear years after the mother plant has passed on. Such was the case with the plant you see in the pictures. Last year in my front border 5 or 6 of these seedlings appeared and because we had such a mild winter this year, they made it through the winter and now it appears they are going to bloom! Oh joy!
In a fit of optimism I also purchased and planted Echium wildpretiis and fastuosums from Annie's Annuals last year. These plants are also still alive after our mild winter, but they sustained some damage and do not look so good right now. I expect them to recover, though, and maybe I will have more echium blooms. Hope springs eternal.