Asked on Jun 2, 2013

My cone shaped purple plant

JudyJudith ODouglas Hunt


my cone shaped purple plant got super leggy and fell over, how do I prune this plant? Does anyone know what went wrong? I see them everywhere in So. Ca and they are sturdy and beautiful. I posted before and after. The after is when i was controlling them with sticks but they got too heavy and knocked them down. I also dont know the name.
fallen cone plant today
3 answers
  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Stacy, I believe your plant is Echium candicans, and I'd say the reason it got leggy is because it wasn't getting enough light. They need full sun.

  • Judith O
    on Jun 3, 2013

    Chicago Botanic Gardens have these Crown of Jewels packed together to support each other like you would Delphiniums or Fox Gloves. I don't think there's much you can do besides re-stake them!

  • Judy
    on Jun 3, 2013

    I'm gonna go with Douglas on this one...leggy plants are usually the result of not enough sunlight.

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