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Echium

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EK-ee-um
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

This beautiful flower loves the sun, its as if it's tallness is reaching out to touch the sun. It truly is a gem that the Mediterranean has given to us.  This plant has forty species and is a sheer delight to all who see it. It's a gem with its exotic colors a rising star in its glory, it's a symphony in its appearance and will be your crowning glory in your garden.

 

Coarsely hairy herbs with alternate, simple leaves; flowers in a slender, leafy, terminal cluster, each 5-parted, blue

Found in: Landscape as cultivated herbaceous ornamentals, weedy in disturbed areas, naturalized

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#purple#white#pink#poisonous#full sun#blue#purple flowers#pink flowers#blue flowers#Mediterranean#tall#exotic looking#North Africa#purple flower#blue flower#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#purple#white#pink#poisonous#full sun#blue#purple flowers#pink flowers#blue flowers#Mediterranean#tall#exotic looking#North Africa#purple flower#blue flower#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Echium
    Family:
    Boraginaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Eurasia
    Distribution:
    Naturalized in US
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
  • Cultural Conditions:
    NC Region:
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Slender, leafy, terminal cluster, each 5-parted, blue
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Coarsely hairy, alternate, simple
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Problems:
    Contact Dermatitis
    Poisonous
    Weedy
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    CAUSES ONLY LOW TOXICITY IF EATEN. SKIN IRRITATION MINOR, OR LASTING ONLY FOR A FEW MINUTES. CAUSES SEVERE PAIN IN THE MOUTH IF EATEN! Digestive upset and liver damage as well as skin irritation from the coarse hairs.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Pyrrolizidine alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems