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Pontechium maculatum

Pontechium maculatum
Pontechium maculatum
Synonym(s) Echium maculatum
Family boraginaceae
Life cycle biennial/perennial
Flowers purple-red (late spring)
Light sun
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Apparently this is the only species in the genus, which was separated from Echium not too long ago. Of European origin, with red flower spikes.

Pontechium maculatum
Still just low rosettes by mid-May of their second year in our Texas garden

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '08 trade. Baggy 70F (64%G, 5-8d).
    Baggy 35F (4w) - 70F (8%G, 3d)
  2. Seed for 'Red Feathers' from HPS/MAG '12/'13 exchange. Baggy 70F (28%G, 5-14d)
  3. Same seed as above, cold-stored. Baggy 70F (45%G, 7-12d)
  4. Seed labeled 'Echium amoenum' from NARGS '12/'13 exchange, cold-stored through summer. Baggy 70F (62%G, 5-7d).
    Also Baggy 35F (33d) - 70F (50%G, 3-7d)
  5. Seed from NARGS '20/'21 exchange. Baggy 70F (16%G, 5-13d)

Cold apparently not required or helpful for germination.

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