|Echium amoenum blooming now in my garden|
Looking at this picture, you might wonder how this echium differs from Echium russicum which I wrote about here. While they seem to be very similar, the main differences that I have observed are that Echium russicum seems to have slightly taller spikes, and it does not seem to have such a bushy base. Other than those slight differences, to the hoi polloi they look pretty much the same. They both seem to like similar conditions--sun and well drained soil. Echium amoenum is said to be tolerant of clay soils, but in my garden both plants perform well in similar soil conditions. Indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if these are considered to be synonyms of the same plant, although I have not yet gotten any confirmation of that fact.
I have grown Echium amoenum for many years in my front border, and like most echiums it is not bothered by the deer. I have forgotten where I got the first plants of this echium, but they are still alive and doing well in the front garden. I bought 5 more of these plants last year at Swanson's nursery and the plant in the picture is one of those. I also recently acquired more from Bay Hay, a local Bainbridge Island nursery. This means that this plant is available from mainstream nurseries. If your local nursery does not carry it you can always ask them if they can get it for you.