Viper’s-bugloss

£6.00£9.00 ex.VAT

Echium vulgare

Common Names: Blue weed, Paterson’s Curse or Salvation Jane

 Flowers June to September

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Description

A biennial with flowers up to 80cm on tall spikes with pink buds opening to a glorious display of vivid blue. Viper’s – bugloss is highly attractive to bees, thriving on well-drained soil in full sun. Viper’s – bugloss provides food for a range of insects, including Buff-tailed and Red-tailed bumblebees, Large Skipper and Painted Lady butterflies, honeybees and Red Mason bees.

Viper’s-bugloss may have got its common name, ‘Viper’, from its spotted stem, which is said to resemble a snake’s markings, or from the shape of its flowers, which look like the head of a snake. ‘Bugloss’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘ox’s tongue’ and refers to the rough, tongue-shaped leaves.

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Module Tray of 9, Pots

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