Purple Gromwell - Lithospermum purpureocaeruleum


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.

Similar Species

Lithospermum (Lithodora) diffusa 'Heavenly Blue' is often planted in gardens

Identification difficulty
ID checklist (your specimen should have all of these features)

Flowers blue, nutlets white, smooth and shining

Recording advice

A specimen should be retained for verification by the County Recorder


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


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Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Blue Gromwell, Purple Gromwell
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
10/05/2017 (Lewis, Steven)
Last record:
10/05/2017 (Lewis, Steven)

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