Hound's-tongue - Cynoglossum officinale

    Description

    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
    Habitat

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

    When to see it

    Flowers May to August.

    Life History

    Biennial.

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map