Re: Bees love Echium wildpretii. (Tower of jewels)
It's a biennial and allegedly flowers the second year then dies.
Originally Posted by beepro
This one I think was started last fall so it's not a year old yet but it's obviously flowering anyway. Someone gave it to my mom. It was in a 16" pot (it's still in the pot but is rooted through the drain holes into the ground) and it was maybe 18" tall early this spring. Most of the literature I've found says they grow to be 3' to 10' tall. This one has grown tremendously fast and is currently 14' 5" tall and over 24" diameter at the base of the bloom.
It's been blooming for 2 full months now and I can't even guess how many thousands of flowers it has on it. It's really quite amazing and the bees seem to think so too.
The seeds are apparently available quite a few places on line.
I suspect that this one will have a ton of seeds at the end of the year. If it does then maybe I'll offer up some of them to interested beeks.
Errr... ummm.... well shoot, now I dunno.
Originally Posted by odfrank
Mom said her friend said it was called Tower of Jewels and when I looked that up I came up with Echium wildpretii. But now that I've seen your photo and looked up Echium pininana I'm thinking maybe you're right. Hmm.
What ever it is it sure is a tall one. I hope it produces a lot of seeds.
Here's a current (today) photo of it. It's gotten a lot fatter in the last couple of weeks. The bees are having a great time with it.
Last edited by BeeBop; 06-15-2015 at 06:28 PM.
Reason: Add a photo
2 hives, 1st year, 0 clue, zone 9a