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Viper's Bugloss
Echium vulgare

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) Other common names: Blueweed

French names: Vipérine commune

Family: Borage Family (Boraginaceae)

Flowers: Summer;  Blue/Violet

Habitat: Fields and Open Areas

Grows in Sun/Shade: Sun

Books: Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 50   

Native/Non-native: Non-native

Origin and Meaning of Names:
 Scientific Name: vulgare: common (Latin)

Photographs: 174 photographs available, of which 10 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) flower

Closeup view of a Viper's Bugloss flower.

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) flowers

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) flower

Side view of a Viper's Bugloss flower.

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) white flowers

Sometimes Viper's Bugloss flowers are white.

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) plant and swallowtail butterfly

A swallowtail butterfly on a Viper's Bugloss plant.

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) plants

Viper's Bugloss plants in a meadow.

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare) plants

One of this plant's common names is Viper's Bugloss. I don't know who Viper is, nor do I know why he lost his bugs. :) I have no idea what that name means!

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

A single flowering stalk.

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Viper's Bugloss basal rosette. This will be next year's flowering plant.

Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

Viper's Bugloss after the flowers are all done. They get very grey looking.

Range map for Viper's Bugloss (Echium vulgare)

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