Echium candicans (syn. Echium fastuosum J.Jacq.[1]), commonly known as pride of Madeira, is a species of flowering plant in the family Boraginaceae, native to the island of Madeira.

It is a large herbaceous Perennial subshrub, growing to 1.5–2.5 m (4 ft 11 in–8 ft 2 in).[2]
In the first year after germination the plant produces a broad rosette of leaves. In the second and subsequent years more or less woody flowering stalks are produced clothed in rough leaves. The flower head is large and covered with blue flowers having red stamens. It is much visited by bees and butterflies for its nectar.[1]
Echium candicans is cultivated in the horticulture trade and widely available throughout the world as an ornamental plant for traditional and drought tolerant water conserving gardens. It is particularly suitable for coastal planting, and is a popular ornamental in coastal California. With a minimum temperature requirement of 5–7 °C (41–45 °F), in frost-prone areas it needs some winter protection.
(From Wikipedia on 13.3.14)

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Requesting ID of this Echium – Chicago Bot Gdn, USA – May 2013 :: 26022014 :: ARK-14 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (1).
Requesting to please ID this Echium captured at the Chicago Botanic Garden, USA in May 2013.

Echium candicans L.f. Commonly known as Pride of Madeira

Thank you once again … for ID….
Wikipedia says that Echium candicans has red stamens….
I also have some additional photos of similar plants. Are these Echium candicans as well?



Garden Plant For ID : California : 04NOV14 : AK-10 : 3 posts by 2 authors. Attachments (8)
Garden plant seen at the Golden Gate Park on the 30th Sept,14 and also at the Golden Gate Viewpoint garden.
Very tiny blue flowers.

I hope Echium fastuosum

I must have searched a lot for this id, had no lead.
Thanks for solving it so quickly.


SK 3381 31 March 2022: 4 very high res. images.

Location: National History Museum, London 
Altitude: 10m.
Date: 27 March 2022
Habit : Cultivated 

Echium sp.
Not sure which one.
Incredible to see it in flower in March in London UK!

I hope E. candicans


Echium candicans from California-31032023-1: 5 very high res. images.
Echium candicans Linn.f., a shrubby species with up to 50 cm terminal spikes of purple flowers. Photographed from Fremont, California, March 25, 2023.

Yes, appears close to images at



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