Viper's Bugloss

Echium vulgare

Adderwort, Blue Devil, Blue Thistle, Blueweed, Bugloss, Cat's Tail, North American Blueweed, Snake Flower, Viper's Grass, Viper's Herb, Blue Echium, Common Echium, Common Viper's Bugloss

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Echium vulgare is a bristly, upright biennial species with narrow, toothed, hairy leaves and dense spikes with coiled clusters of violet-blue flowers, opening from pinkish purple buds.
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Generally not harvested

Propagation

Seed

Sow direct

Special features

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Europe, Eurasia.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Dry

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Notes

Suits a wildlife friendly garden/meadow and coastal cliffs, sand dunes and shingle locations as well as road/rail sides.

Personality

Family

Boraginaceae

Flower colour

Blue

Scent

None

Problems

Generally pest & disease free
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