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Re: Redbud - Echium - can't win em all

Frankly Ceres, I don't know much - or I know too much - about this plant. I was on one of Chris's other Lists for a while - Mediterranean plants - and people kept talking about them so I looked them up and thought they were wonderful. Then I saw an Echium listed hardy to Zone 5 in the Seneca Hill catalogue and ordered it for one of our Display Gardens, but I don't know how it fared. Then I saw this one offered by Green Mtn Transplants in Maine. One said E russicum, the other, E rubrum, but I've since figured out they are the same plant. GMT and Seneca both said it was a perennial. Other sources say biennial. As in my message to Jim, the zone listings are all over the place. But after digging it up to overwinter in a pot twice, even though advice says it resents transplanting, then leaving it in the ground this past, harsh winter and openly exposed to a horrible April, this Echium is thriving. I will post another picture when it blooms. And I think I'll order more from GMT.

The 10 yr old redbud though is a goner.  Hard to understand.

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message ----- From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2007 9:39 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Redbud - Echium - can't win em all

Kitty, how hardy is this plant. They are lovely in bloom. I saw big blue
ones at either Chicago Botanical or Mortons Arboretum.

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