Viper's Bugloss is a
biennial plant of the UK, typically found growing in grassland, chalky ground and waste ground, to a mature height of up to 80cm.
Viper's Bugloss is thought to be named 'Viper' after its stem patterning or flower shape, and 'Bugloss' from the Greek for 'Ox tongue', describing the rough texture and shape of its leaves.
Botanic classification and naming: Viper's Bugloss is a member of the Borage (Boraginaceae) family. The genus name
'Echium' identifies the plant as a Viper's Bugloss and its species name 'vulgare' means 'common species'.
Concerns: Viper's Bugloss is toxic to humans and horses, if ingested. The bristles may also cause skin irritation.
Benefits: Attracts Honey bees and the Painted Lady and Large Skipper butterflies.
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