Photographer: Emmet J. Judziewicz
Echium vulgare L.
blueweed, common viper's-bugloss, viper's-bugloss
Echium: from Greek echis, "a viper," the nutlets appearing to represent a viper's head
vulgare: Latin for "common"
|Status: ||Introduced - naturalized|
|Plant: ||erect, biennial, 1'-3' tall forb, roughly-hairy especially above; taprooted|
|Flower: ||blue to pink, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" long, irregularly funnel-shaped, stamens extending beyond the petals; inflorescence of many curving, branched clusters (cymes); blooms June-Sept.|
|Fruit:||slightly rough nutlets|
|Leaf:||lower leaves stalked, getting smaller towards top and becoming stalkless|
|Habitat: ||disturbed sites|