Common Fiddleneck is a
annual plant of the UK, typically found growing in cropland and waste ground, to a mature height of up to 50cm.
Common Fiddleneck, a bristly plant native of North America, was imported to the UK in the nineteenth century, possibly as a cultivated seed weed contaminant. The name 'Fiddleneck' comes from the plant's habit of bearing its flowers in clusters along a curled-over flower stem, shaped like the neck of a violin.
Botanic classification and naming: Common Fiddleneck is a member of the Borage (Boraginaceae) family. The genus name
'Amsinckia' identifies the plant as a Fiddleneck and its species name 'micrantha' means 'tiny-flowered plant'.
Concerns: Common Fiddleneck is poisonous to livestock.