Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 60 - 120 cm
Plant Spread: 50 100 cm
Leaves: Other: stem leaves are progressively smaller up the stem
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Other: pink buds turn purple when open
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: may cause irritation to sensitive skin
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Needs specific temperature: 65 to 85
Days to germinate: 21 to 30
Depth to plant seed: 0.3 cm
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 7, 2011 4:01 AM

An Illinois (mostly northern half) and Missouri (probably Midwest) wildflower that likes open disturbed ground, along roadsides, and railroads.
Native of Europe.
Viper descriptive refers to resemblance of seed to a viper's head.

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Blooming in February........ by wcgypsy Feb 4, 2019 8:04 AM 4
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our neighborhood bees are loving the Echium which is in bloom now by cgrooms Apr 4, 2016 8:45 AM 1
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