Strange plants called the Tower of jewels
- Flower nameEchium candicans
- Scientific nameEchium candicans
- Aliasエキウム, 宝石の塔, マデイラの誇り
- Place of originMadeira Island (the western coast of Africa)
- Place of floweringPotted flower, Specific area
- Flowering seasonApril, May, June
What is Echium candicans
Echium candicans (scientific name: Echium candicans) is native to Madeira Island (Portugal) and is a cold-resistant perennial plant of the family Boraginaceae. It is also called 'Jewel tower' or 'Madeira's pride'. In the first year it makes develop the leaves into rosettes. Leaves have many white hair so it looks like silver gray. In spring to summer,
extend a conical long flower stalk from the center of the stock and make 2000 blue flowers around the circumference. Although the petals are blue, long standing stamens are red, so it seems purple to a long distance. It is a honey source plant where butterflies and honey bees gather. The genus name "Echium" is from Echioun "Echion" appearing in Greek mythology or because it was made a medicinal herb for echios (snake) poison. Species name "candicans" means "candida (white hairy)".
Common name: Echium candicans, Scientific name: Echium candicans, aka: Tower of jewels, Pride of Madeira, Place of origin: Madeira Islandon on the western coast of Africa (Portuguese territory) , Life type: Cold-resistant perennials, environment: Place of dryness with good drainage, plant height: 150-250 cm, grass width: 60 cm, leaf shape: linear lanceolate shape, leaf length Flowering period: April to June, Inflorescence height: 100 cm, Floret color: Blue, Number of florets: 16,000 to 20,000 petals, Inflorescence type: 20 cm, Leaves: Alternate, leaves Color: Silver gray Pyramidal spirals (convoluted flowers, scorpion type inflorescences), bract: elongated, corolla: funnel shape, antherish: blue, stamen color: red, use: flower bed, potted plant, honey.