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Originating from Guernsey, Echium pininana alba, also known as Echium 'Snow Tower' is a rare white form of the Tree Echium. A hardy biennial, also classed as a half hardy perennial that grows a large rosette of silver-grey leaves in the first year, and a tall white flower spike up to 15ft high in the second year. The magnificent inflorescence with dense panicles of white flowers borne above branches of dusty linear leaves is produced from June to September. When in bloom, it is a magnet for hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, on a sunny day, as you approach the plant you can hear the hum of hundreds of bees feasting on the flowers.
It needs to survive two winters before coming into flower and requires a partially shaded spot and always moist, slightly peaty, yet well drained soil. It will tolerate dappled shade. The rosettes of large leaves are attractive even as a non-flowering plant the tall flower spire is worth waiting for. Most plants will be white although the odd variant colour will always appear. You can easily see this at the small plant stage when you will discover that the plants with pale green stems are guaranteed to have pure white flowers.
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Germination; Sow indoors from late May-July. Sow 3mm deep into moist well-drained seed compost. Ideal temp. 21C. Germination takes 21-45 days. When large enough to handle transplant seedlings to 8cm pots and overwinter in a cool greenhouse, conservatory or well-lit windowsill temp. 7C. Plant out the following spring 90cm spacing.
Growing; Prefers a well-drained always moist, soil in full sun. Needs to survive 2 winters before it will flower. Can also be grown in a 30cm pot in a cool greenhouse.
Cultivation; Quite cold hardy, but protect base of the plant over winter.