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1-3 March 2013 004

Observed: 1st March 2013 By: Ann BaughanAnn Baughan’s reputation in PlantsAnn Baughan’s reputation in PlantsAnn Baughan’s reputation in PlantsAnn Baughan’s reputation in Plants
1-3 March 2013 004
Description:

Plant stood about a foot tall. It is growing on top of the woodd hillside above Babbacombe beach

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lavateraguy's picture

Is this what a young ...

... Echium pinoniana looks like?

David Trevan's picture

Echium pininana

Yes this is most certainly a young E. pininana.This species is very common on the Undercliff of the IOW. They grow up to 4m tall and are quite spectacular in flower. They normally take a couple of years to build up to flowering size and sadly the past few winters, even on the Undercliff they have been badly damaged by frost.They are listed in the IOW Flora as as garden escape.If they are happy they can seed prolifically,personally I love them but some gardeners here ruthlessly weed them out!!! Take a look at this old observationof mine for a bit more info:
http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/121771

David J Trevan