Drought Tolerant Echium Russicum Viper's Bugloss Garden Flower Plant Seeds

Echium Seeds - Rubrum

Flower Specifications

Season: Perennial

USDA Zones: 3 - 8

Height: 24 inches

Bloom Season: June - August

Bloom Color: Red

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Well drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8

Deer Resistant: Yes

House Plant: No

Latin Name: Echium Russicum

Planting Directions

Temperature: 68F

Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days

Light Required: No

Depth: Seeds must be covered thinly

Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 18 inches

Viper's Bugloss (Echium Russicum) - A rare, ruby flowered, Echium native to Russia that's remarkably cold hardy and drought tolerant. Spikes of striking, upright spindles, bearing dark red flowers emerge from a basal rosette of hairy leaves mid-Summer, attracting bees from far & wide.

Great cut flower

Echium prefers well-drained soil and makes a great cut flower. Very tough and drought tolerant.

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Echium seed | rubrum

How to grow

How To Grow Viper's Bugloss From Seed: It is recommended to sow Echium seeds directly outdoors once frost danger has passed. In a prepared seedbed with loosened soil that is free of weeds, sow the flower seed and thinly cover with soil. Keep the Viper's Bugloss seeds moist until germination occurs.

Echium Rubrum seeds can be sown successively for continual blooms. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage continued blooming. If a few flowers are allowed to go to seed, Viper's Bugloss will re-seed itself for next year. It is recommended to wear gloves when handling Echium plants as it can be a skin irritant.

  • Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Depth: Seeds must be covered thinly
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Flower Specifications

First year from flower seeds it makes a big rosette of rough hairy leaves and then in subsequent years shoots up spikes of raspberry flowers up to three feet or so. In nature, it is reported to be biennial, but in most garden situations its been found to be perennial.

  • Height: 24 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 8
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Drought Tolerant: Yes