Hound's-tongue - Cynoglossum officinale


    A medium height, greyish, softly hairy plant with quite broad, lanceolate to oblong, untoothed leaves, the lower short stalked, the upper clasping the stem. Flowers dull purple, 5 to 6 mm, funnel shaped.

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    Large plant; leaves grey-green, hairy; flowers reddish-purple, nutlets spiny

    Recording advice

    Photograph of whole plant


    Dry grassy habitats, gravelly or disturbed ground, often found near to the coast.

    When to see it

    Flowers May to August.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread but infrequent in England and Wales.

    VC55 Status

    Scarce now in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 3 of the 617 tetrads.

    In the current checklist (Jeeves 2011) is is listed as Native; scarce.

    It is on the VC55 Rare Plant Register

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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

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