(Canary Flower)

Echium is a native of the Mediterranean and prefers thin, dry soils. Ideally it can be sown between the end of March and end of April. It is open-pollinating and requires insect vectors. It grows to about 75cm in height and has a varied flower colour, from white to mauve and pink.

The crop has to be swathed before harvesting as it is an indeterminate plant and will, therefore, keep flowering and setting seed throughout the growing season. Unlike its cousin, borage, it has a relatively low propensity to shed seed so yield will increase with time. Once in the swath, and suitably mature, the crop should be harvested with a conventional combine fitted with a Draper Header.


Echium is grown for extraction of oil from its seed. The extracted oil contains Gamma-linolenic Acid and Stearidonic Acid. It is a plant based alternative for fish oil and a source of Omega 3,6,&9. It is used as health supplements and has anti-inflammatory properties, positive effects on immunity, cardiovascular, skin, joint and brain health.

We have also produced and conditioned Millet, Lunaria, Hemp Seed, Linseed, Tares and Navy Beans in recent years and we continue to monitor realistic opportunities.