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Echium russicum
@ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Echium russicum

False Pink Liatris

Item #: 4803

Zones: 3a to 7b, probably colder

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Asia, Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L)

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Imagine a liatris with reddish-pink flowers that open in early April. Would you be excited? Although it's not exactly a liatris, it sure looks like one. Echium russicum is one of the few echiums that will thrive in temperate climates. Forming a small basal rosette of flat, green, sandpapery leaves, this short-lived perennial puts on a superb spring show. The 1" wide spikes flower for months, producing a hard-to-find, early-season vertical effect in the perennial border. Echium does not like wet soils or crowded mid-border conditions.

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