Scientific Name: Echium vulgare
Common Name: blueweed, viper's bugloss
Family Name: Boraginaceae
Origin: Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 3: (-40 to -34 °C)
Plant Type: Biennial, Invasive plant
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 0.3 - 0.6m (height x width)
Habit: Irregular
Form: Oval - horizontal
Texture: Medium
Landscape Uses: Medicinal plant, Perennial border, Summer interest
Exposure: Full sun
Soil or Media: Rocky or gravelly or dry, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Alternate, Basal, Sessile, Prickly, Pinnate venation, Pubescent, Oblanceolate, Entire
Flowers: Cyme, Blue, May-Jun-Jul-Aug-Sep
Fruit: Schizocarp, Brown, Sep-Oct
Key ID Features:
Basal leaves oblanceolate, 6-25cm long x 0.5-3cm wide; stem leaves alternate sessile, lanceolate with bristly hairs and white speckles; florets appear on a panicle in the second year, 12-20mm long; nutlets angular, 4 per floret. <a href ="" target="_blank">eFlora BC</a>