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Brilliant-blue flowers, loved by butterflies and bees, with every one thick with nectar. Blooms for months and makes a great cut flower.

Please note: This is a skin irritant.

Genus Echium
Group/Species vulgare
Variety Blue Bedder
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Annual Viper's-bugloss
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Moist but Well-drained, Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow direct March/April or in the autumn. Scatter thinly, cover lightly and water regularly until they are established.
Care Tips A good plant for dry gardens. Deadhead regularly to encourage further blooms to appear. This plant may cause an allergic reaction. Great for growing in a container pot.
Flowering May - September, 12-14 weeks from spring sowing
Vase Life 7 days. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds.
Harvesting Flower production: 4 months.
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Echium vulgare 'Blue Bedder' reviews

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Susan

Brilliant. Very happy bees in my garden. Went on flowering for a many weeks.

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Reviewed 1st August 2019 by Shelagh

This is the best bee attracting plant I have grown. Very good germination rate, producing strong healthy plants which flower for a long period. All day along the sound of buzzing can be heard around them. I use them around vegetables which need pollination and also in the flower garden as they attract so many beneficial insects. This is a plant I would not be without.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Louise

Loved by bees, so loved by me!

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Mrs Walder

would like a darker blue, like the wild echium, but this is pretty

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sheelagh

Good service. I lost these however so unable to comment on their performance!

Echium vulgare 'Blue bedder'

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Reviewed 26th June 2017 by Peter Taylor

The late and great Christopher Lloyd put me off growing Echiums but my local hort.soc. handed out packets of Sarah Raven's seeds to members this spring. Luckily I got Blue bedder and what a delight that has been. Outstandingly vivid blue flowers alive with honey bees. I will dead head to ensue flowering until September. Thanks Sarah!

Echium - how to deadhead

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Reviewed 25th July 2016 by Barbara Harfield

These plants are lovely. However, you advise deadheading to keep blooms coming. Do I deadhead the whole flower stem or each individual little flower on the stem? I see some at the bottom have passed over while there are still buds at the top. Please help.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback, we would recommend deadheading each individual flower head. If you would like further advice please contact our customer service team on 0345 092 0283 or by email at info@sarahraven.com


Posted 4th August 2016

Highly reliable

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Reviewed 27th March 2015 by Allan B

Growing these for the second year. Seeds, sowed mid March, have germinated, under glass, inside a week!
Dense flowers, highly popular with bees, great colour and I found no allergic reaction.
Looking forward to flowering time.