Purple Gromwell - Lithospermum purpureocaeruleum

    Description

    It spreads by means of creeping runners and has stems of narrow leaves that are topped by small tubular flowers with five lobes coloured gentian or purple-blue.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    This plant of limestone and chalk occurs principally as a plant of woodland edges and rides, and of verges and banks that are in partial shade.

    When to see it

    In flower during May and June.

    Life History

    Rhizomatous perennial.

    UK Status

    Uncommon in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map