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Flower  Viper's-Bugloss

Viper's-Bugloss - Photo  Copyright 2003 Gary Bradley
Photo: G. Bradley

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Latin name: Echium vulgare

Size: Grows to a height of 90cms.

Distribution: Found throughout the UK.

Flowering months: June to October.

Habitat: Usually found on dry sandy soils, coastal areas and heathlands.

Special features: The viper's-bugloss is actually a member of the forget-me-not family of plants. It has tough hairy leaves and a tall flower spike bearing dozens of blue flowers.

Flower - click for a closer view This close up shows the tiny pink buds which open up to reveal the bright blue funnel shaped flowers with their deep pink stamens.

The nectar produced by the flowers is a good source of food for moths, butterflies and bees.

Many years ago it was thought that the plant could be used as a cure for snake bites - hence the name. It was also made into a drink to cure melancholy. These two remedies are not recommended!

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