Viper's-bugloss

Echium vulgare

Common Name:
Viper's-bugloss
Scientific Name:
Echium vulgare
Rank:
Dicots
Division:
Flowering Plants
Family (Vernacular):
bugloss & gromwell family
Family (Scientific):
Boraginaceae
Longevity:
Biennial
Status1:
Native
Soil Moisture:
Dry
Star Rating:
Flowering:
Jun - Aug
Height:
60 - 120cm

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Species Description

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.

Habitat Advice

A 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.