The Echium plant has around 70 different species and subspecies.They are native to mainland Europe and Central Asia, the Macaronesian islands, and North Africa. The name of the Echium comes from the Greek word ‘echis’ (εχισ), which means viper. The name comes from the time of Dioscorides, who noticed the shape of the nutlets on the plant was similar to a viper’s head. The genus was officially published in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus. The shrubs of the Echium have a tall crown, and some of the tallest species are able to reach an astounding height of 12′ feet. You will be able to find smaller and more manageable varieties for your garden. Research the different types of Echium to see which one fits your garden. They will grow easily from seeds, and the best time to plant them is from February to May. They’re better suited for soil beds, especially the larger species which need the support of the soil.