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Viper's Bugloss

Echium vulgare

Also known as

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

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H7

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

50cm

50cm

Min

10cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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Viper's Bugloss Overview

Echium vulgare is a bristly, upright biennial plant from the Boraginaceae family. It produces narrow, hairy leaves with toothed edges and dense spikes of pretty violet-blue flowers. They are arranged in coiled clusters and the flowers open from pink-purple buds. Commonly known by the names Viper's Bugloss and Blueweed, amongst others, this plant is also sometimes misnamed as Echium vulgaris. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Viper's Bugloss

How to propagate Viper's Bugloss

Seed

Sow direct

Special features of Viper's Bugloss

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Viper's Bugloss

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

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