Answer: There are a number of wildflowers planted along the highways, but the most commonly encountered is Bugloss, Viper's/ Blueweed (Echium vulgare). A very hairy, bristly 1-2 1/2'' plant. The sessile alternate leaves are smooth-edged. The 1/2" flowers are borne on the upper sides of short, curled side-branches and only 1 or 2 flower blooms at a time. The funnel-shaped corolla has 5 lobes, the upper longer than the others. The buds are red and the corolla is blue to purple. Long red stamens project beyond the corolla. Blooms June-September in waste places, roadsides.
Small bugloss (Lycopsis arvensis) is similar but the flowers are only half as large.
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