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Bee plant: Tower of Jewels

 
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 6:30 pm    Post subject: Bee plant: Tower of Jewels Reply with quote

While walking in the neighborhood I saw these HUGE cone-like plants with purple flowers. I asked the lady in the yard and she said they are called Tower of Jewels (echium wildpretii). They were covered in happy bees. I inquired further and the lady says they are quite drought resistant--she never waters them. Could be of interest to beeks in drier areas.[/img]
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PostPosted: Sun May 15, 2016 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Echium have been shown to provide a long and valuable nectar source. I am getting them established in my garden - of course my own bees are going elsewhere! The first one to flower is 3.7m high (just measured it!) They are frost tender so do well down here in Cornwall. I had never seen them before coming to live here 3yrs ago.
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