Bugloss - Anchusa arvensis

    Description

    Bristly plant up to 40cm tall but often less. Upper leaves unstalked and half clasping the stem. Flowers bright blue 4 to 6 mm, the tube curved in the middle, borne in forked cymes.

    Identification difficulty
    Recording advice

    The County Recorder has asked for a specimen of this plant to be retained for verification

    Habitat

    Arable land, sandy heaths, waste and bare places.

    When to see it

    April to September.

    Life History

    Annual.

    UK Status

    Patchy distribution nationally and probably declining, more common in the south and east, much less common in western Scotland and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Declining and may now be scarce in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 39 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map