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Viper's Bugloss

Echium vulgare

Plant Data

Order:
Boraginales
Family:
Boraginaceae (Borage)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Pink buds which turn into a dense spike of funnel-shaped blue flowers. Downy sepals and 4-5 pink stamens.
Fruit:
Wrinkled nutlets, mossy in appearance.
Leaves:
The simple, rough, hairy, entire leaves are long and narrow with a prominent midrib. 1 alternate leaf per node.
Maximum Size:
80cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The young leaves are edible, raw or cooked, and can be used as a spinach substitute.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
Not fragrant.
Other Names:
Blue Bugle, Blue Devil, Blueweed, Carpet Bugleweed, Common Bugle, Common Bugleweed., Creeping Bugleweed, Snake Flower.
Habitats:
Meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, sand dunes, wasteland.