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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
viper's bugloss 'Blue Bedder'
Echium plantagineum L. 'Blue Bedder'
Echium can be annuals, biennials, evergreen perennials or shrubs, with simple, coarsely hairy leaves and funnel-shaped flowers borne in panicles or dense spikes in summer
'Blue Bedder' is a vigorous cultivar, at 45cm it is rather shorter than the species, multi-branched, with short, crowded spikes of violet-blue flowers, magenta flushed when fading, and pink buds. Very attractive to pollinating insects
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
SoilSand, Chalk, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow outdoors in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in full sun
Propagate by seed outdoors at 13-16°C (41-45°F), in late summer and overwinter as seedlings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Banks and Slopes Flower borders and beds
Cottage & Informal Garden Coastal Gravel Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants Prairie Planting Wildflower meadow
Pruning None required but flowering can be extended to four months if plants are deadheaded
Pests Slugs and snails may damage young growth
Usually trouble free
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