Columns of blood-red blooms
Echium russicum is native to Eastern Europe from the Balkans to Russia. Its habitat is the light understory of pine forests and rocky meadows. It can be a biennial or ephemeral perennial and during its first growing year produces a wide rosette of silky, grey-green leaves and in the second a bouquet of spectacular blood-red floral spikes, an unusual colour for the Echium genus.
In the garden you can plant Echium russicum in a meadow-themed area together with light grasses such as (Stipa, Festuca, Eragrostis) in full sun, in a poor, mainly sandy soil.
Its vagabond habit of reseeding naturally will add a touch of originality to a bed: dark red stripes dotted here and there, against the silvery foliage of the artemisia (A. 'Valerie Finnis'), balls of santolina or as a shape and colour contrast with “fresh butter” flowering varieties such as Anthemis or the sturdy Echinacea 'Evening Glow'
Grow in the sun in ordinary, mainly sandy soil. Hardiness: -20°C
- 12 cm pot
- Hardiness zones : zone 7-10
- Height: 50 to 70cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm
- Flower colour: purple
- Flowering period: summer flowers