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 guidance

    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

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map