Viper's-bugloss - Echium vulgare

    Alt Name
    Viper's Bugloss
    Description

    This (usually) biennial plant produces a rosette of hairy, strap-like leaves in the first year. In the second year tall, upright stems arise in June, covered with clusters of pink flower buds, which uncurl into dark purplish-blue funnel-shaped flowers. Both the leaves and stems are roughly hairy.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    Found on disturbed dry soils on dunes, shingle, cliffs and open grassland with short turf.

    When to see it

    June and July.

    Life History

    Biennial, but occasionally annual or perennial.

    UK Status

    Widespread but local in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 6 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map