Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans)

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Photo taken in Melbourne- Australia
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Photo taken 4th October, 2013


  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watson12 months ago
  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...12 months ago

    It’s a lovely spike of blooms and sure to attract bees and butterflies. I like the angle too. I believe this may be Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans), as it grows in a few of our Southern California botanical gardens and I have one macro photo in my RB portfolio. If not Echium candicans, I would guess it’s still an Echium, though probably not Echium plantagineum (Paterson’s curse), which I understand to be an invasive species in Australia.

  • Many thanks for your help Celeste. Yes, it really does attract the bees. Thanks for the name. It was quite a large plant with lots of flowers growing up from its base. Our Paterson’s Curse flower looks very different to this.

    – Joy Watson

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...12 months ago

    The plants grow large here too, and the spikes are very long as you show in your photo. I’ve never actually seen the Paterson’s curse flower but heard about the invasiveness of the plant.

  • In Melbourne where I live I think it is an illegal plant. Where I live years ago there was fields of it. They are now gone.
    Here is a link to a N. S. W. site
    and to a Victorian site

    – Joy Watson

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...12 months ago

    Thanks for the links, Joy. It’s a very different flower, and even the foliage is different. Obviously the Echium group is varied.

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmith12 months ago

    Beautiful capture.

  • Much appreciated John

    – Joy Watson

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agius12 months ago

    Great shot Joy.

  • Many thanks Steve.

    – Joy Watson

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belaj12 months ago

    Wonderful image!

  • Many thanks Ana

    – Joy Watson

  • leonie7
    leonie712 months ago

    Amazing Capture so beautiful Joy well done lee

  • Thanks Lee appreciated.

    – Joy Watson

  • dgscotland
    dgscotland12 months ago

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • Much appreciated Derek

    – Joy Watson

  • Shulie1
    Shulie112 months ago

    So pretty, Joy

  • Thanks so much Steph.

    – Joy Watson

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