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All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum
temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
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.
E. pininana is a rosette-forming biennial or short-lived perennial with lance-shaped, roughly silver-hairy leaves to 7cm long. Each rosette produces a flower panicle up to 4m long of funnel-shaped blue flowers with large bracts in mid and late summer
E. russicum is a biennial or short-lived perennial producing rosettes of silky-haired, greyish green leaves. The spikes of dark red, narrowly funnel-shaped flowers are produced in late 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
E. wildpretii is an erect, unbranched biennial to 2m tall, with narrow, silvery-hairy leaves and a tall narrow panicle of small red flowers in early summer
'Pink Fountain' is a rosette-forming biennial or short-lived perennial with lance-shaped, hairy, grey-green leaves. Each rosette of leaves produces a long, tapering spike, up to 4m high, of pink flowers in summer
E. vulgare is an erect, bristly biennial to 75cm, with lance-shaped, hairy leaves and dense cylindrical spikes of bell-shaped violet-blue flowers in early summer
E. candicans is a bushy biennial sub-shrub with grey-hairy lance-shaped leaves and dense terminal spike-like panicles of white, pale or deep blue flowers in spring and summer
Last-listed in the RHS Plant Finder in 2012
This plant is listed in the RHS Plant Finder book. At present our information about this plant is limited to a list of the nurseries that supply it. In time we will be adding more details including a description, growing information, advice and photographs.
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Last-listed in the RHS Plant Finder in 2002
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