One vial contains 5+ seeds
These seeds are of Echium wildpretii, also called Tower of Jewels. It is a rare, unusual-looking plant, only known to grow natively in one place in the world—on the volcano Mount Teide in the Canary Islands.
Tower of Jewels is named after its tall cone of bright red flowers that bloom atop silvery foliage that sparkles in the sunlight.
They can grow up to 8 feet (2.5 m) tall and have a high nectar content, so bees and hummingbirds love it. They are also deer resistant, bug proof, and drought tolerant.
The species was named to the Royal Horticultural Society’s prestigious Award of Garden Merit for its performance as a prized ornamental.
It also self-sows, so after it blooms and its lifecycle ends in the second year, it will drop seeds to begin again on its own.
- The tower of jewels plant can survive temperatures below 20 F. (-6 C.) if given some protection but is generally a warm to temperate weather specimen. Cooler areas should try to grow the plant in a solarium or greenhouse.
- The best soil is sandy to gritty and a cactus soil works well for potted plants. Site the Echium tower of jewels in full sun with some protection from the wind.
- Lay the seeds on top of the soil, dusting with fine sand, and put the flat on a seed heat mat or other warm location. Keep the medium lightly moist until germination and then ensure the seedlings get bright sunlight and daily water.
- These plants are quite drought tolerant but superior tower of jewels care will include regular watering in summer to help produce a strong spire that doesn’t tip over.The smitten gardener doesn’t have to worry in the second year when tower of jewels dies away. After the flowers are spent, hundreds of tiny seeds release to the ground below.
Fully grown Echium tower photo taken by Fredrik H