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.
Large plant; leaves grey-green, hairy; flowers reddish-purple, nutlets spiny
Photograph of whole plant
Dry grassy habitats, gravelly or disturbed ground, often found near to the coast.
Flowers May to August.
Widespread but infrequent in England and Wales.
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
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