Bugloss - Lycopsis arvensis


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.

Similar Species

Anchusa officinalis - but this has not been recorded in VC55

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

Very bristly, leaves undulate and crenate, corolla lobes slightly unequal and 4-6mm across

Recording advice

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


Arable land, sandy heaths, waste and bare places.

When to see it

April to September.

Life History


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


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Field Bugloss, Bugloss
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
15/05/2008 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
20/09/2022 (Calow, Graham)

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