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VIPER'S-BUGLOSS Echium vulgare

Viper's-bugloss is a native biennial growing 60-120 cm in height, producing a succession of flowers from June well into September. This is a plant adored by bumble-bees which are omnipresent on the production line of blooms produced by each flowering branch.

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ProvenanceVC41 Glamorgan (Neath Port Talbot)
Brunel Dock, Neath Port Talbot
Gorseinon, Swansea
Brunel Dock, Neath Port Talbot
Brunel Dock, Neath Port Talbot
Habitats and Growing AdviceA species that produces an incredible abundance of flowers in open grasslands and disturbed habitats on well-drained soils. Its principle habitats include limestone grasslands, quarries, cultivated and brownfield land such as railways, docks and roadsides. Also occurs in coastal districts on cliffs, sand dunes and shingle. The plant is self-fertile and is noted for attracting wildlife. Suitable for light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, preferring well-drained soil and maintains good growth even in nutritionally poor soil and can tolerate maritime exposure.
AssociationsThe 'Biological Records Centre’s' website lists the following numbers of foodplant associates for Viper's-bugloss: mites (1), beetles (10), flies (1), true bugs (2) and moths (26). However, the genus Echium as a whole, lists the following: mites (1), beetles (13), flies (10), true bugs (5), ) and moths (3).
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