Echium Russicum is an uncommon and unusual plant, totally hardy despite its exotic looks, which has whorls of long lance-shaped dark green leaves and through the summer produces numerous long flowering spikes in a stunning deep russetty red hue. Full sun. Well drained soil. 20 in. 2 litre pot.
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This echium has proved very hardy for us, getting through the bitter winter of 2008-2009 unprotected and unscathed. A little star.
Cut back the flowering stems before seed sets to maintain perennial vigour.
The common name Viper's Bugloss may be explained thus: the bugloss bit means ox's tongue, presumably a reference to the coarse leaves, and echium is derived from the Greek word for viper, possibly because the seeds resemble a snake's head. Having said that, the plant has been held to be a remedy for snakebite since at least the first century AD, and Culpeper in his Complete Herbal wrote of echium 'It is an especial remedy against the biting of the Viper, and all other venomous beasts, or serpents'.
Echium Russicum is a hardy perennial plant with a rosette of lance-shaped leaves and spikes of deep red flowers in summer suitable for full sun and dry soil.